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Official Organ of The BreShren Cinurch 

The Month o\ Sanwax^ 
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Vol. LXXIII, No. 1 January 6, 1951 




PabUthrd weekly, except the Uit week In Aagast ind 
the l«it week in December. 

Ashland, Ohio 


J. E. Stookey, President Myron Kimmel, Vice-President 
J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 



Rev. E. M. Riddle Rev. W. S. Crick 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


Rev. Henry Bates, Church Methods 

Rev. D. B. Flora, Brethren Doctrine 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 

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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C Brother Clarence Fairbanks says, 
"Everyone who attended the Second Anniversary Dinner 
on December 22nd agrees that it was a success. In spite 
of rain which came in torrents about dinner time, 117 
people were present," He also states that though the Sun- 
day School attendance dropped a little on Sunday, De- 
cember 17th, dropping a little below the 94 normal, the 
church seri'ice had an attendance of 107. 

The C. E. sponsored a Watch Night service on Sun- 
day evening, December 31, the services beginning at 8:00 
o'clock and carrying a full program until the midnight 

St. James, Maryland. .Brother Ankrum says that the 
Loyal Ladies Class has built a special three-compartment 
cabinet and counter to be used in the kitchen, and that 
they have also purchased a needed supply of silverware 
and various articles to he used by them. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna, Brother Elmer 
Keck reports that a pageant, "The Three Candles," was 
presented as their Christmas Program on Saturday eve- 
ning, December 23rd. 

Berlin, Penna. The Berlin evening program on Sunday, 
December 10th, was in charge of the Young People's C. 
E. of the church. They gave a fine program of many num- 
bers, closing with a Candle Light service. 

Brother Percy Miller reports that they are very near 
their goal of .$500.00 for the College Chapel, and we trust 
they made it before the end of 1950. He also says that 


Dr. Levi Leedy Garber, retired, long-time teacher and 
head of the English Department of Ashland College for 
many years, passed to his eternal reward in the Samari- 
tan Hospital at Ashland, where he had undergone a se- 
rious operation, on Tuesday evening, December 26, 1950. 
His death marks the close of a long and influential life. 
He will be remembered by every student of Ashland Col- 
lege for many years past. Our deepest sympathy goes out 
to the family. More concerning his life and activities will 
appear in a future issue of the Evangelist. 

their evening attendance is well over the 100 mark, and 
that the morning attendance is nearing the 200 mark. 

Vinco, Penna. Brother W. B. Brant, Vinco pastor, in vis- 
iting the Editor's office, says that they had one of the 
finest White Gift Sei-vices they have ever had and that 
they received a very fine amount of money for that of- 
fering, exceeding by far their greatest expectations. He' 
reports the Vinco work going along in fine shape. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W, S. Crick reports that the Gratis 
Church has taken a forward step in the finances of the 
church when they met in their recent business meeting. 
The budget plan was adopted and the various parts of 
the church work will receive support on the percentage 
basis. We will be glad to know how it functions. 

The Gratis Churches are observing the Week of Prayer 
with three services — the one for Sunday evening, Janu- 
ary 14th, being held at our church, with Brother Crick 
bringing the message. 

Mansfield, Ohio. A card from Brother lElmer Carrithers, 
pastor, says, "I wish to report that the Mansfield Church 
received into the church, six young people by baptism 
on Sunday morning, December 10th," 

Dayton, Ohio. The Laymen of the Dayton church spon- 
sored what they are pleased to call "An Old Fashioned 
Watch Night Service." We will look forward to a full ac- 
count of this service. 

The Dayton Choir, under the direction of Robert E. 
Kline, presented the Christmas Sacred Cantata, "Beth-i 
lehem," on Sunday morning, December 24th. 

Ashland, Ohio. The children of the Sunday School pre- 
sented a very fine program on Sunday morning, December 
24th. At the evening hour the Choir, under the direction: 
of Leo Jones, rendered the beautiful Cantata, "The Story 
of Bethlehem." 

Watch Night sei-vices on December 31st were under the 
sponsorship of the Christian Endeavorers. 

Oakvillev Indiana. The Christmas program at the Oak 
ville Church was given at the evening hour on Sunday 
December 17th, Special numbers were given with a Candh 
Light pageant as the feature. Following the program j 

fellowship hour was enjoyed 

in the basement of thi 

Warsaw, Indiana. Word from Brother E. J. Beekley tell' 
us that on Sunday, December 24th, their attendanci: 
reached a new high, the number being 223. At the mom j 
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JANUARY 6, 1951 


IDo ^ou Really "Believe It ? 

Quarter's Sunday School lessons for 1951, as I 
wrote the words of the Golden Text for Lesson Number 
8, it seemed that it rang a very important "bell" in my 
thinking, and I said to myself, "Do I really believe that?" 
Now I was not being skeptical of the verse, but rather 
I was asking myself whether I believed the words suffi- 
ciently to cause me to act in accordance with my pro- 
fessed faith. 

This is the verse that caused me to stop, turn from my 
typewriter, and sit down at my desk, and take up my 
pen to put down these words before I neglected to place 
my present thoughts on paper. They are found in Psalm 
46, and in the 10th verse. Read them and stop long enough 
to meditate on them before you go further in this "Edi- 
torial Think." Here they are: "Be still, and know that I 
am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will he 
exalted in the earth." 

Now, since you have thought a bit about these words 
yourself, how do they strike you ? Have you a faith to 
believe that God knew what He was talking about when 
He put these words in the mouth of the Psalmist? Is it 
possible that eventually He will be exalted among the 
heathen; that He will be so completely in control that 
the whole earth will sing His praises? How foolish to 
even ask such questions! The very fact that He is God 
is sufficient evidence to prove this. 

Lest you might be tempted to not turn to your Bible 
to read Paul's words to the Philippians, I am going t'l 
quote them, for they, indeed, tell our story. (Philippians 

"Let this mind he in you, which was also in Christ Je- 

"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not rob- 
bery to be equal with God: 

"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon 
him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness 
of men: 

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled 
himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death 
of the cross. 

"Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given 
him a name which is above every name: 

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of 

things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under 
the earth: 

"And that every tongue should confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." 

Quite a long quotation to get the words of verses 10 
and 11 (the black faced words) to our minds. But the 
fact that here Jesus is acknowledged as God, puts the 
words of Psalm 46:10 right into His mouth. For it was He 
who said them originally. 

If, then, our Lord bids His people to "be still and 
know" that He "is God, even in the midst of their doubt- 
ings and fears, what is the matter with us who, today 
claim to be living after His commands and who say that 
we are willing to accept His words, but then go about 
with fear in our hearts, and with minds burdelied down 
with the cares of this world, until we carry such a long 
face that those about us begin to wonder whether we 
have lost all hope ? Isn't it about time that we begin to 
show forth our trust in the Lord? 

I wonder if far too many of us are to be classed with 
the apostle who had spent three and one-half years at 
the side of the Lord, and who, after the Master had been 
crucified and had arisen from the tomb, and had made 
His appearance to a number of people, had the temer- 
ity to say, "Unless I can put my finger into the nail 
prints in his hands, and thrust my hand into his side, 1 
will not believe!" Remember, he saw, and he believed, 
and that without even touching the Lord. Also remember 
that Jesus had this to say to him, "Thomas, because thou 
hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that 
have not seen, and yet have believed." 

Are we blessed by having really believed Him ? 

A New Year has da\vned already, as nren calculate time. 
The opportunities of the Old Year have passed and gone. 
A new page has been turned on which we must WTite 
the story of our lives. Six days of it are gone, accoi-ding 
to the date of this issue. In those six days have you done 
anything to show to the world that YOU DO BELIEVE ? 
Will you, in the remaining days of this year, endeavor 
to show your faith in God by letting it show forth in 
your countenance, so that those about you may be able 
to say, "They have been with Jesus?" Show forth thy 

Think it over! 

Our ^oal ftgain Is $5,000 

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Brother D. Richard Wolfe, who has 
been pastor of the Johnstoion, Penna., 
Third Church, for the past several years, 
became the pastor of the North Man- 
chester, Indiana, Brethren Church on 
January 1st. He is a graduate of Ashland 
College and Seminary, and has taken ad- 
ditional work in Pittsburgh. 

7ke l^as'ic IBeliefs 
of the IBrethren 

(This message was deliveied at the Annual Week of 
Brethren Observance, which was held recently in Johns- 
towTi jointly with the Church of the Brethren.) 

Basic Beliefs of the Brethren," and my text is fooind 
in Philippians 3:15-16, which reads, "Let us therefore, as 
many as be perfect be thus minded and if in anything ye 
be otherwise minded God shall reveal even this unto you. 
Nevertheless whereto we have already attained let us 
walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." 

Tonight my position is that of the histoi-ian. An his- 
torian whose responsibility it is to interpret and to eval- 
uate the basic beliefs of the Brethren Church. The re- 
sponsibility of any historian is great, for he must take 
facts of history and give them contemporary meaning. I 
do not wish to suggest in any way that all I am going to 
say tonight lay originally in the minds of the fathers of 
our chui-ch. It is impossible to write the history of any 
movement by those who are contemporary with it. It is 
impossible to put the full depth of meaning into an expe- 
rience which we ourselves experience. It takes time: time 
to valuate, time to understand, and time to comprehend. 

I realize that it is an extremely difficult task for any 
one man to evaluate a religious experience such as has 
been experienced by our churches. I also realize the in- 
adquacy of myself to try to put the basic concepts of 
men like Mack, Sauer and the other names that are out- 
standing in our fellowship, into words and ideas, that 
which lay in their minds and Lay in their hearts. And 
yet I am very much interested tonight in those things 
which are most surely believed among us. The things 
that make us Brethren, and make us realize that we are 
not something else. 

If we would have an adequate understanding, we must 
begin where they began 250 years ago. A group of eight 
people began with an idea; a basic idea; an idea that was 
outstanding. That idea was the relevancy of God and His 
meaning in human life; that God has a message which 
He had spoken by the mouths of His prophets, and through 
His Spirit had guided the pens of the apostles, as they 
wrote and left for us a written lecord. We begin with 
God because if we begin not with God then we have no 
point in beginning. 

Our people have always been outstanding because of 
their literal interpretation of the Bible, as the Word of 
God. The Bible says thus and we believe that it is so. We 
insist that the Bible means what it says and as such we 
have set ourselves apart from those who think otherwise. 

By Rev. D. Richard Wolfe 

It is that literal interpretation upon which we base our 
basic beliefs and by which we call ourselves Brethren. 
And so it is this belief in God that is the first basic be- 
lief of the Brethren Church. That in God "we live and 
move and have our being," not only as individuals, but as 
a Church, and it is within His Word that we find the 
basic interpretation of those doctrines which have set us 
apart and to which we bind our hearts and souls. 

If we begin where that group began by taking the New 
Testament as the rule of faith, reading it carefully and 
diligently day by day, praying over it that we might be 
guided in its interpretation and meaning, we shall, like 
them, go down to the spiritual River Eider and submit 
ourselves to their baptism. This is the most difficult be- 
lief for those who are not Brethren. Our insistence is 
upon Immersion as baptism; not only immersion, but 
as triune immersion — three times, in the name of the 
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. 

Before I have suggested that a great deal was lost in 
Gennany, and a great deal has been found. Also I have 
suggested that in Germany was lost the practice of im- 
mersion. Out of Gennany again came the practice of im- 
mersion for baptism and from the banks of the Eider 
came a gi-oup of people whom we now call Brethren, who 
insisted upon triune immersion. 

This afternoon and this evening I diligently consulted 
evei'y church history that I have and as far as I am 
able to find, our groups, those who trace their ancestry 
back to Alexander Mack, are the only churches in Prot- 
estantism that practice triune immei'sion. We are to be 
congratulated! We stand alone. If you read the history 
of the Christian church carefully, you will find that triune 
immersion is held today and practiced by the Greek Or- 
thodox Catholic Church which broke away from the Roman 
Catholic Church about the 8th century of the present era 
because the Roman Chui-ch insisted that immersion was 
not necessary. And for these lo, many hundreds of years, 
the Greek Church has practiced behind the closed doors 
of its sanctuary the same baptism with which we bap- 
tize those who confess the Lord Jesus Christ. 

History is strange. It reveals many faults, many errors, 
many discrepancies. Tonight I was amazed to find that 
such men as Calvin, Martin Luther, and other great i-e- 
formers of the Reformation era, all attempted to restore 
the practice of triune immersion. A preacher in the eai-ly 
Lutheran Church wrote to Dr. Luther one time and asked 
how he should baptize a Jewess who had come to him 
for church membership. And the letter which Dr. Luther 
sent back stated these cardinal principles: That first he 
should obtain the confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Sec- 

JANUARY 6, 1951 


ondly she should be instructed in the beliefs of the church, 
the meaning of baptism and the significance of the sac- 
raments. And finally, she should be baptized by immer- 
sion, three times. 

History is indeed strange. We can trace the history of 
triune immersion in the writings of the Church fathers, 
which we have in print in black and white, to the year 
53 A. D. A writer of the early church by the name of 
Polycarp who was baptized by John the Evangelist, or 
the beloved disciple, who also baptized his pupil Irenaeus, 
and from Irenaeus' writings we have the instruction and 
the admonition to baptize by triune immersion. 

The Brethren have never considered themselves as 
judges of other denominations or other practices of im- 
mersion. We have found within the history of the church 
and within the pages of God's Word the insti'uctions to 
baptize. And by the grace of God we follow that instruc- 
tion. Many people frown upon us because we insist upon 
immersion, three times forward, and because of our be- 
lief, such names as the Tunkers, or the Dunkers, and in 
the German it was a very reflecting name, "Der Tunker," 
we have borne the weight of those phrases because we 
believe in what we practice, and we practice what we 

When it comes to the baptism of other churches, that 
is their affair; that is their faith. We would not change 
their practice, we would not question their faith. But, 
when one comes to us to be a member of our church we 
insist upon triune immersion for two reasons: First be- 
cause we believe it is historically accurate; and secondly, 
and probably most important, we believe in the fellow- 
ship of kindred minds. That those who have the same 
immersion or same baptism; who obsei-ve the same com- 
munion; who worship in the same way, have the deepest 
Fellowship and the truest communion from one another. 
For that reason we stand firm upon our beliefs. History 
leaves no doubt that the earliest form of baptism of 
which we have any record at all, was that of triune im- 
mersion. We make no apologies for being historical. We 
make no apology for being insistent. 

Secondly, there is the belief which sets us apart when 
we come to the communion table — the three-fold com- 
munion of the Brethren Church: the love feast, the wash- 
-ng of the saints' feet, and the Eucharist of the bread 
ind the wine. Again history substantiates our position. I 
was surprised and a bit amused some weeks ago when 
n one of my university classes it became my task to report 
ipon the work of our particular denomination. And in 
;he course of the report it was necessary for me to refer 
■o certain beliefs and doctrines of our church. I was sur- 
Drised that there were present, ministers, and all of them 
vere ministers, who had never heard of the Brethren 
jhurch, who were not aware of the practices and beliefs 
>f our denomination. A similar experience happened to 
ne while I was holding my student pastorate during my 
:ollege days and seminary days in Ohio. For I held the 
Pastorate of a small Congregational Church, and one Sun- 
lay in the course of the discussion of the lesson we came 
■0 the 13th chapter of John which gives us the specific 
idmonition and instruction for washing of the feet. There 
vas a little old lady there, well in her seventies, who 
iaid, "Well nobody practices that today," and I was very 
rappy to tell her that there were churches that obsei-ved 

the washing of the saints' feet, an incident of which she 
knew nothing, of which siie was not aware. 

What a wonderful feeling it was for me as a lad of 
about thirteen years, to participate in my first commun- 
ion, the first washing of feet. A strange and new expe- 
rience. One which lacked meaning at the time, but one 
which has grown upon me because I now understand, at 
least partially, the meaning of Christ's word when He 
said, "Except I wash your feet, you have no part with 
me," and "If I, youi- Master have washed your feet, then 
ye ought also to wash one another's feet." How different 
the circumstances; how alike the spiritual atmosphere. 

As Christ washed the tainted feet of the disciples, cov- 
ered with dust and grime of the Galilean and Judean 
roads, tainted by the sin of the world, there is the feel- 
ing that He had cleansed them spiritually; He had hum- 
bled Himself, He had taught them the lesson of the ser- 
vant and the master. 

And then we eat the common meal together in silence, 
but in a fellowship and a communion that is stronger 
than can he expressed in words. As we receive the bread 
and break it together, and as we accept the cup and drink 
it in unison, we express our confidence in the resurrection 
of Christ; the assurance of His coming kingdom, and the 
reality of His living presence in our world and in our 

Finally, that one great doctrine of the church which has 
been woefully neglected, even among those of our own 
faith and belief. "If there be one sick among you, let him 
call for the elders and be anointed." How strange it is 
that within the last ten years there have been a number 
of great books and outstanding articles that have been 
printed and published on the Power of Prayer. Neither 
have all of the authors been ministers or doctors of the- 
ology, for the name of Alexis Carrel stands out as the 
author of that great article, "Prayer is Power," which 
has been printed and reprinted thousands and thouands of 
times — an article of faith. 

Those things which are most surely believed among us 
are those things which we find by reading the Word of 
God and accepting the literal interpretation of the com- 
mands that have been given us. A great question which 
faces us now as a people is this: Is this a faith of the 
past, or is it a faith of the future which we have not 
yet attained? Has the final word of God been spoken, or 
does God continue to speak today through the lives of 
those who follow Him; who worship Him in spirit and 
in truth ? 

By the distinctiveness of our doctrine we have no de- 
sire or intention to draw the eyes of the world to our- 
selves. We would, in truth, call attention to God. And yet, 
that particular faith that would observe the timth and 
call attention to God, cannot but help call attention to 
itself. For truth is always a curiosity among those who 
know not the truth. It is always strange because it is al- 
ways new. 

There is the problem of education among our two 
churches; that which we feel most keenly, that which 
serves us with a notice of immediate demand in a pres- 
ent need. Education, after all, is merely the handing on 
from one generation to another that which is the best 
in our culture, in our faith and in our world. And it be- 



comes the responsibility of each successive generation to 
pass on to its children those things which are most surely 
believed among us. That is the great fellowship of the 
saints, continuing down through the years. A fellowship 
that is as strong between our generation and the genera- 
tion of Alexander Mack, Sr., as it is between the gener- 
ation past and the generation present. That fellowship 
depends upon a continuing of the spirit, upon the accept- 
ance of the beliefs, and upon a continuation of the doc- 
ti-ines and practices of the church. We are all saints be- 
cause we all believe in Jesus Christ. We all have expe- 
rienced the sainthood of the saved soul. 

A book recently off the press bears the title, "When 
The Lamp Flickers." To nie it has a very great mean- 
ing and particulaily a great meaning to Brethren. When 
the Lamp flickers; when there is occasion to doubt, occa- 
sion to fear; when the future may look the blackest, when 
the lamp of Faith flickers— then there is need to reiter- 
ate and to re-emphasize those things which are most 

surely believed among us. If we have set ourselves apart, 
it is because we have experienced, in action, the results 
of mixing various cultures and various faiths. There was 
a time when our forefathers had set themselves apart 
and were distinctively known by their dress and their 
garb. They refused to take an oath, sign a pledge, to 
clench the fist, or carry the sword. At that time any one 
of our ancestors could walk into a bank in the state of 
Pennsylvania, ask for a grant of money and, upon verbal 
promise of its repayment, he was granted the loan, no 
questions asked, no pledge to sign, no mortgage to be 
given. How things have changed! How we need again to 
look to the basic beliefs of the Brethren; to find what has 
made us strong and made us i"ich in inheritance that has 
lit the light again from time to time and made it burn 
brilliantly, instead of flickering. So, when the lamp flick- 
ers, we must join faith and heritage with promise and 
opportunity that we may have those things that are most 
surely believed among us. — Johnstown, Penna. 

of which I can conceive is that brought about by 
those who claim to have been called to "Preach The 
WORD," but preach only such portions they like and, as 
they like to preach it,— sometimes wrongly— fearing to 
lose favor with man, instead of preaching it without fear 
of man, but choosing, if necessary, to suffer the reproach 
of man to keep in favor with God. 

It is written, "Jesus grew in favor with God and Man." 
He did! But the more he grew in favor with God the less 
he grew in favor with Man. But that should not be 
thought strange; for it was not, or is not, God's intention 
that man should dictate to Him how he should be saved. 
God's plans are perfect and complete; and if man does 
not agree with them and accept them, there is no chance 
through refusal of them to be saved. Prov. 14:12. "There 
is a way which seemeth 'right' unto a man, but the end 
thexeof are the ways of death." 

Jesus defining the "two ways" set forth the fact of 
there being no need of restriction on the broad way and 
through the wide gate but on the narrow way and through 
the gate, limited to passage upon conditions there are no 
restrictions. The mental and spiritual picture depicts the 
impossibility of entering upon the narrow way through 
the gate with limited access, until he or she desiring en- 
trance has conformed to the requirements that either 
increase or decrease spiritual size to fit the spiritual gate. 
Or in other words, no person can entei' bundled in "sheep's 
clothing" or in "filthy rags." If one gets into the con- 
gregation that way, he or she has not entered through 
the strait gate to travel the narrow way; nor have they 
entered the door to the sheep-fold. Something is required 
One who has wabbled around on the broad road and in 
and out of the wide gate, gathering a lot of the world's 
filth, will be much surprised in finding a change of heart 

and garment and a circumspect walk is required before 
entering the difficult gate. 

We cannot attend the "Wedding" unless we have donned 
the provided garb. We cannot walk the Sacred Way in a 
cloak of sin; never! The redeemed walk there in washed 
robes. Nothing unclean shall pass over it. Now and Here 
is the time and the place for training. Those who have 
been chosen to lead or train have a great responsibility 
and must not evade anything; even the humblest things 
Jesus taught and exemplified, though their importance be 
not fully understood. Teach and practice them, and we, 
like Peter, shall know hereafter — whenever that here- 
after shall be . . . we will have to "leara to labor and to 
wait." "Blessed is that servant, whom when his Lord 
cometh shall find so doing." Luke 12:43. 

1 might be wrong, but by the Word I believe I'm right, 
but perhaps a bit bold, but I ti-ust of that type of bold- 
ness which is not sinful, when I say the clergy in gen- 
eral — not all, should get busy declaiing and practicing 
those humble doctrines Jesus taught and exemplified. And 
that isn't all: they should apologize to the public from 
whom they have long withheld them. I'm of this opinion: 
we will be sui'prised to learn of credits given for sub- 
mitting to commands, though the whys and the where- 
fores we did not fully comprehend. 

Going a bit further, we might be surprised to learn 
that much of that we thought we understood, we did not 
undeistand at all, but it was just a case of thinking we 
knew more than God. Well, in that we had nothing no the 
devil; he pretended he knew more than God, but he didn't. 
Still Adam and Eve believed him; and so have many since, 
after knowing he was a liar from the beginning, andi 
still is. Our being deceived lay often in our observing 
through mere human perception, by which we so easily 
underestimate principle through the lack of spiritual con- 

JANUARY 6, 1951 


It's too bad, but true, that often when one stands firmly 
for Christ-taught and Christ-exemplified doctrines he is 
confronted, affronted and reproached as being "narrow" 
by those who are so "broad" as to accept any kind of 
mud and reject evei-ything that has humiliation in its 

Often "narrowness" is referred to specifically regard- 
ing Christ-given commands. Narrow or Broad, I'll take 
ray chance on the "narrow way" with God's Rod and 
Staff, instead of having too much of that Broad The- 
ology that some preachers stuff into the religious knap- 
sack of those they can dupe. 

Somehow, but for no apparent reason, man through- 
out his entire history, has shown more resentment toward 
the principles that required humiliation for his advance- 
ment than he has shown toward that which hindered his 
progress, and actually debased him — Self-exaltation. He 
failed in that. The most fruitful change possible to this 
Age must come through the submission of the human will 
to the Divine Will; then, and then only, will the Race 
know what degree of heavenly bliss is possible on the 
earth. Then we will not pray in vain, "Thy will be done 
in Earth as it is done in Heaven. Then Counselors meet- 
ing with the pretense of establishing peace will not de- 
clare war. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 

^letixc^ ^otcd 

The Mid-iueek Meeting 

There were only two or three of us 

Who came to the place of prayer; 
Came in the teeth of a driving storm, 

But for that we did not care, 
Since after our hymns of praise had risen 

And our earnest prayers were said, 
The Master Himself was present there, 

And gave us the living bread. 

It was only a handful gathered in 

To the little place of prayer; 
Outside were struggling and pain and sin, 

But the Lord Himself was there. 
He came to redeem the pledge He gave — 

Wherever His loved ones be. 
To stand Himself in the midst of them, 

Though they count but "two or three." 

And forth we fared in the bitter rain. 

But our hearts had grown so warm, 
It seemed like the pelting of summer flowers. 

And not the crash of the storm. 
'Twas a time of the dearest privilege 

Of the Lord's right hand, we said. 
As we thought of how Jesus Himself had come 

To feed us the living bread. 

— Berlin, Penna., Bulletin. 

What can be more unkind than our low spirits to 
others, to go about in the world like demons poisoning 
the fountains of joy. 

%'>,,ooo.oo Goal by Conference 

Brethren Youth Portable 
Chapel Project 

(Chapel to be purchased for the 
Mission Board to use in estab- 
lishing new churches) 
This project is for every youth 
group in the church 

Sponsor it in your church 

$1,800.00 Here we are! 

Write Brethren Youth, 

Ashland College, 

Ashland, Ohio 

for details 




January 20, 1951 is an important date for the 
Brethren Youth of Indiana. At that time there will 
be a grand Brethren Youth Birthday Party at Win- 
ona Lake, with special and interesting features in 
the afternoon, plus a banquet at the Eskimo Inn. 
Send your name to the undei-signed as quickly as 
possible in order that you may receive direct mail 
concerning this program. 

DO IT NOW!! DON'T DELAY!! Mail your name 

Rev. E. J. Beekley, 
1603 East Cenetr Street, 
Warsaw, Indiana. 



not come to the Brethren Church as any sur- 
prise, for the first of each succeeding year has 
always turned our minds toward The Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company, with its needs and its plea for the 
support of the entire denomination. 

This year can be no exception to the rule. Indeed, 
the need seems to be greater than even in past 
\ears, due largely, to the great increase in prices 
and labor, which should not seem at all strange to 
any of us. 

Back in 1945 we made the following statement; 
"We make no apologj^ 
for coming to the mem- 
bership of the Brethren 
Church, asking for an- 
other great Publication 
Day Offering. We have 
every reason t o feel 
that it is the will of the 
Church that we do this. 
Tlie manner in which 
you liave supported 
this work in the past 

several years, and especially during the last years, 
has given us that impression, for the evident inter- 
est shown is proof of your desire to have a growing 
Publishing House." 

That paragraph might just as well have been 
written each and every year since that time, for 
each year we have come to you with a reciuest for 
funds to fill in the gaps where it is not possible to 
finance completely the publications of the church 
proper. It is that annual offering that tides us over, 
and that permits such expansion as is necessary to 
keep up with the trend of modern printing. 

Writing in 1946, Dr. E. G. Mason made this sig- 
nificant statement, as he wrote concerning the neces- 
sity of making a large Publication Day Offering: 
"We must not forget that now our contributions 
and gifts and our sacrifices are more necessary than 
ever before. This is particularly true in the support 
of our Christian ideals. It is true because the prob- 
lems now faced in the world as a whole must be 
solved by our political, social and economic leaders 
who are unprepared to lead us to a permanent and 
lasting peace without the help of the Almighty God. 
If our leaders and all peoples would follow God's 
rules for permanent peace as Jesus gave them to us, 
the problems would become relatively simple." 

Again, this paragraph might just as well have 
been written for our pi'esent issue, so well is the 
present situation defined. The need to keep a Chris- 
tian emphasis before the people constantly is suf- 

ficient reason to insist upon a continual support of 
our Publishing Interests. This needs no other argu- 
ment, since all attempts at peace seem to be based 
on economic grounds and do not carry a Christian 

No denomination can hope to continue and grow 
and fulfill its mission without individual publica- 
tions of its own. Denominational literature other 
than our own will never make Brethren out of our 
people. Therefore, the continued maintenance of our 
publishing house is a "must." 

The reaching of any objective, be it large or small, 
must be found in the interest of its supporters. That 


interest cannot be confined to the "side-lines," but 
must be active in its participation. Become a partj 
of the work bv GIVING. 



striving to make our publications fit the need, 
of the large. It goes without sayinj 
that everji;hing in every publication will not appea 
to every individual. But the great number of letter 
we receive, a few critical, but mostly commendatory 
with others with suggestions which we try to mee 
when at all possible, tells us that there is a real in 
terest in the over-all work of the church. 

There can be an increase in the interest of th' 
membership of many churches if the church corre 
sponding secretary will report more often concern 
ing the activities of his or her church. Increased in 
terest of the individual churches, means increase 
interest also in the individual members of the churci 
Increased individual interest means increased sut 
scriptions to the Evangelist. Therefore, along wit 
this "Offering Appeal," we are also appealing t 
churches to "report" what is going on in your \oci 

Day after day new problems arise. Many of thes 
almost solve themselves ; but many others take tim 
and effort. Time is a vital element in the placin 
of a publications before the readers each week, fc 
time and a "dead line" wait for no one. 

JANUARY 6, 1951 



\^he a part of our program. It is hoped that the 
time may come when the Publishing Board 
lay say to the churches, "We can not get along with 
iss of an offering than we are asking now." But 
iitil such time as the plant is entirely equipped with 
lodern machinery, and the building debt is com- 
letely liquidated, we must still send out our appeal 
)r continued support. 

Now just a word about our equipment. In the 
1st six years a number of new pieces of equipment 
ive been purchased to take the place of those 
hich were literally "worn out." To name these: 


of the old worn hand-fed press and reduces the I'un- 
ning time of our publications from one-third to one- 
half. The above are all paid for. 

Eighth. The last piece of equipment to be pur- 
chased (and now very nearly paid for) is the new 
automatic folder, which speeds up the running time 
of all our publications. You have to see it run to 
fully appreciate what it means to our work. 

Our next venture must be found in our machine 
casting-equipment. We now have two very old Inter- 
types, both of which must constantly be having re- 
pair parts placed, which slows down action in this 
department. The Board is now considering this 

problem, and must act 
soon. Equipment such 
as this really costs 
money. But it is the 
"nerve-center" of the 
entire plant: no type 
cast — no publication 
off the press. 

First. The first purchased was the Kluge auto- 
latic job press. A fine press, but it should be trade.! 
3r a vertical press on which much more intricate 
'ork could be done and at a much faster rate. This 
> one of the hopes of the future which it is believed 
an be accomplished without too much added ex- 

Second. The new "cutter" which replaced the 
mailer and well-worn one. This piece of machinery 
1 in constant use, trimming all publications to sizc^ 

Third. A new mailer, which replaced the old one 
lat refused to longer do the work assigned it. The 
ew one, more rapid, is a time-saver. 

Fourth. New type cases, a storage case, and some 
ew type faces. The latter already shows signs of 
instant use and will have to be replaced. Also suf- 
icient "storage" space is not yet available. 

Fifth. The elevator — which made storage space 
1 our basement available for our paper. Without it 
'6 would be utt'eiiy "lost" for space on the main 

Sixth. A new "stitcher" which replaced the old 
ae which had "seen better days" when it came into 
Lir possession years ago. 

Seventh. The self-feeding automatic press upon 
hich we print our publications. This took the place 

^^^■^^■i^Hi^^^iHl Thus you will note 

that the shop is gradu- 
ally becoming a modernized plant. That which re- 
mains for the completion of the task is still in your 


tJ month for the Publication Day Offering. We 
are not setting any particular Sunday in the 
month for this offering to be received. It should be 
taken at the convenience of the local church — but 
it should be taken. 

We do not feel that it is out of line to again ask 
that the offering total $5,000.00. Let it be remem- 
bered that you are no longer contributing to the 
"Press Fund" (although periodically we receive 
money on pledges that were made and not paid be- 
fore. By the way, it may be that you have one of 
such pledges — we still have quite a number not com- 
pletely paid — and have not finished it. If so, just 
place this extra money in your local Publication 
Offering envelope this year. We won't hold it 
against you.) 

Another thing 1 Get your offering in to the Pub- 
lishing Company as soon after it is received as pos- 
sible, thus we may be able to determine the total 
quickly. Make checks payable to The Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company, and send them to 524 College Ave., 
Ashland, Ohio. 

May we express our appreciation to you in ad- 
vance foi' your cooperation. 


Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

1 ing hour a fine program was rendered by the children. 

1 At the evening hour the Christmas story was presented 
in song, story and flannel-art by Mrs. Beeknell, Mrs. 
Deafenbaugh and Mrs. Bumbaugh. Word from Mrs. Beek- 
nell tells us that this group has had the privilege of pre- 

1 senting the above program a number of times during the 
Christmas season. 

At a special New Year Service on Sunday evening, De- 
cember 31st, a service entitled, "The Service of Four 
Candles" was presented, with fifteen minutes devoted to 
each candle, which were presented as symbols. 

Brother Beekley is speaking each morning at 9:30 dur- 
ing the week days over Station WKAM of Warsaw. He 
does this about every other month. He says, at the bot- 
tom of one of his bulletins, "We leave for Florida on New 
Year's Day." 

Nappanee, Indiana. Cash Day in the Nappanee Church 
was observed on December 31st, instead of on the 24th 
as was announced previously. Their goal was $2,000.00. 

A service of "Carols and Candles" was presented at 
the Nappanee church as a vesper from four to five on 
Sunday afternoon, December 17th. 

Mexico, Indiana. Brother Ernest Minegar, pastor, writes 
that the W. M. S. Public Sei-vice which was originally 
scheduled for November 26th, had to be postponed to 
December 10th. He reports that they presented a play- 
let and had a very nice attendance. Mrs. Emma Black 
read the scripture and gave a very interesting address, 
closing with prayer. A piano duet was rendered by Car- 
oline Shafer and Delores Donaldson. 

College Comer, Indiana. Brother Ernest Minegar, who 
is also pastor of the College Corner Church, writes, "A 
special sei-vice was held at the Church in honor of the 
Golden Wedding of two of our members, Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles Trent, on Sunday, December 17th. The attendance 
in the Bible School that day was 123. The service was 
beautiful as Brother and Sister Trent walked down the 
aisle and renewed their vows made between each other 
fifty years ago. The family enjoyed a wedding and Christ- 
mas dinner together in the church basement, after which 
they exchanged gifts. Open house was observed from 
2:30 to 4:00 o'clock." 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Watch Night services were ob- 
served in the Milledgeville Church, beginning with the 
C. E. meeting at 6:30. The High School Class was in 
charge fi'om the close of this service until 10:00 o'clock, 
at which time the Welcome Class took over and served 
i-efreshments. The Loyal Daughters then had charge of 
the program from 11:00 o'clock until 12:05. 

Waterloo, Iowa. On Friday evening, December 22nd the 
Waterloo church observed their Annual Christmas Fam- 
ily Night in the basenient of the church. A pot-luck sup- 
per was served at 6:30, and gifts were distributed. More 
than 150 were present. 

A Four-o'clock Christmas Candle Light service was 
held in the Waterloo Church on Sunday, December 24th. 
The White Gift Offering was lifted at the evening hour. 


Morrill, Kansas. Brother Robert Bischof, Morrill pas- 
tor, writes, "Things have been going along fairly well 
here. The Sunday morning services are especially well at- 
tended. We are enjoying the work here and the people 
are certainly 'swell' to us. We have not had any of the 
big snows like you people in the east have had." 

The Christmas play, "To Them That Sit In Darkness," 
was given at the morning service on Sunday, December 

Brother Bischof reports the Laymen who were recently 
organized are beginning to take hold of their work in 
fine shape. 

The Editor wishes to express his appreciation for thfi 
many fine Christmas greetings which came to the office. 
Also for the fine cooperation which has been manifest 
during the past year. We appreciate also the fine words 
expressed in many letters concerning the Evangelist. Just 
remember, we cannot do it without your help. Brother 
C. F. Yoder writes us from Argentina, "As I have had 
editorial work to do a good part of ray life, I know how 
to appreciate the trials of an editor. That gives rae the 
idea to express to you my appreciation of the good ser- 
vice you have given the church as editor for many years." 
We surely appreciate this. 

7efc Sc»tte«tcc Sen4Ho*t4> Ott 

1. The Willing Giver — Abraham in the offering of 
his son. 

2. The Big Little Giver — the widow who in giving two 
mites gave most of all. 

3. The Givers Who Were Not Niggardly — the Mace- 
donians, who gave up their ability and beyond. 

4. The Unpretentious Giver — the Good Samaritan, who 
made no show of his giving. 

5. The Sacrificial Giver — David, who in buying the 
threshing floor of Araunah would not give to the Lord 
that which had cost him nothing. 

6. The Voluntary Giver — Zacchaeus, the man who did 
not wait to be asked to give. 

7. Givers Who Had Nothing to Give — Peter and John: 
"Silver and gold have I none," but gave themselves. 

8. The Covetous Givers — Ananias and Sapphira, who 
held back a part and suffered dire penalty. 

9. The First Givers — the Wise Men, who came from 
the heathen world! 

10. The Giver Who Did Not Count the Cost— Mary, 
who gave lavishly of the gifts of love. 

— Watchman Examiner 

A Christ-like heart is compassionate, not cold or crit- 

NUARY 6, 1951 


The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 


av Friends, 

What a great deal of pleasure it gives me to greet all 
you this Christmas season and to wash you a very hap- 
New Year! Christmas in Nigeria finds us with flow- 
! blooming and with blue skies overhead. Even though 
les separate us, yet the spirit of Christmas warms and 
ids our hearts together. 

"Christmas has a beauty 
That fills hearts far and near 

Christmas has a meaning 
That to all the world is dear." 
My work has been especially time-consuming these past 
( months since I have been the only nurse at the Gar- 
da Hospital. I will probably continue to be alone until 
rlough time. We have a 44-bed general hospital with 
irious departments and a staff of 17 African nurses 
.11 male). We have a large daily clinic with an average 
tendance of 100 with an average of 250 treatments 
ven. 1 enjoy very much working with Dr. Studebaker 
ho is the doctor in charge and whom some of you know. 
Since I have been in full charge of all nursing duties 
; the hospital, I have moved to the nurses' residence near 
le hospital. I have a larger house which is quite con- 
?nient, with many flowers and a fair garden. But being 
) near to the hospital has its disadvantages! Many sick 
3ople just feel fhey must see the white nurse and have 
5r touch them, even for minor ailments, when we would 
ke to have the trained African hospital workers "carry 
n" whenever possible. Consequently, they keep a beaten 
ath to my door — men, women and children from the va- 
ious near-by tribes. I am very grateful to be able to 
elp several babies too, with fresh milk, for it is very 
:arce here. 
Outside of my hospital duties, I have been more than 
usy with church activities. I enjoy very much being on 
he Music Committee of the church along with two Af- 
icans and another missionary. I take my turn directing 
he congregational singing. The singing is indeed thrill- 
ng and would surprise you very much if you could hear 
t. 1 have led prayer meeting once this quarter and it is 
10 longer a great effort to speak in the language of the 
leople. That gives me a feeling of nearness to the Bura 
leople when I can "visit" with them like old friends. 

How I wish I had a greater knowledge of bookkeeping. 
;n addition to the bookkeeping duties of the hospital, I 
im also church treasurer and this keeps me busy in spare 

During the rainy season we are more or less cut off 
from other parts of the mission area, and mail comes 
and goes more or less irregularly. The oxygen equipment 
for the hospital which was so generously donated by the 
Woman's Missionary Society of the Southeastern District 
has arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, and is waiting for better 

roads before it can be brought out. We want to thank 
everyone who had a part in that gift because we are sure 
it will be one of our most useful life-saving pieces of hos- 
pital equipment. We want also to thank the various indi- 
viduals and church groups who have rolled bandages for 
the hospital. Your every effort in this fine work is indeed 
greatly appreciated, and the patients are also grateful. 
If there were no bandages they would again resort to 
leaves and soft tree bark to bind up their many tropical 

After my vacation in Jos, I will resume a Friday af- 
temoon singing class at the Leper Colony to teach gome 
.300 school children new hymns. The Leper Colony is 
understaffed since the retirement of Dr. and Mrs. Howard 
Bosler and I am glad to be able to help out there when 
I have an opportunity as a person feels the need of those 
people in a very real way. 

My cook, Bobwa, whom some of you know of, and his 
wife, Mshina, have just had a baby daughter to bless 
their home. I have taken a great deal of pleasure in help- 
ing them prepare a few simple things for her, among 
them a packing bo.x painted for a crib and a mosquito net. 
I have been teaching Bobwa to sew and so he nxade some 
clothes for the baby, a most unheard of thing, as these 
people are so uncertain of their babies living that they 
do not make any preparations whatsoever for their com- 
ing. I also had opportunity to teach Mshina about bath- 
ing and caring for the baby. This happy event was cli- 
maxed with my going home with mother and baby from 
the hospital and having prayer with them in their cozy 
little round grass-roofed house made all tidy aid clean 
for the coming of their baby. It was an occasion I shall 
never, never forget. Indeed their joys are my joys; their 
troubles are my troubles. 

You cannot imagine how grateful I am that so many 
of you are taking time to write and to send gifts to the 
hospital and to express your deep interest in various ways 
in our work here in Africa. We want each of you to feel 
that this is both your work and ours. Without the help 
of your prayers, interest, gifts and support we could not 
carry on. May God bless your every effort and every ex- 
pression of interest in the mission program in Nigeria. 

With every best wish for all the happiness the Christ- 
mas Season and the New Year can bring. 


Veda Liskey, R.N. 

C. E. Krumholz, Executive Secretary for the Nation 
Lutheran Council's Welfare Division, reports that there 
are 190,000 displaced persons in the United States. He 
calls attention to the Christian people that more attention 
should be given to the aged, and for the establishment of 
more homes and hospitals. 



The Stewardship 

of Opposition 

Dr. Halford E. Luccock once said: "As one reads the 
New Testament he gets the impi'ession that the first 
century Christian Church was fighting for something." 

From this distance it appears that those early disciples 
swept through the world like a mighty tide, winning vic- 
tories everywhere. But an unhuiried reading of the New- 
Testament, particularly the book of Acts, with the aid 
of an active imagination reveals the fact that every vic- 
tory was won at the cost of almost incredible pain and 

It is easy to imagine the apprehension \\'ith which the 
missionaries approached each new city. Everywhere they 
were the victims of vicious persecution on the part of 
the Jews. The story was almost invariably the same. They 
would enter a community, enjoy the hospitality of the 
local synagogue for a few days or weeks, and then as 
soon as converts began to be made the tide would turn. 
After that it was beatings, stonings, tortures, and threats. 

Still they went on! No matter how bitter the opposition 
might be in one city, they entered the next with deter- 
mination, courage, and high hopes. 

It was as if they were always turning their backs on 
their yesterdays. In every instance they compelled their 
opposition to teach them some lesson. Always they be- 
lieved in their mission and hesitated not in the least. 

They refused to admit the impossible if it had any 
appearance of being the will of God. They never seemed 
to take a survey of the forces that opposed them, and they 
never counted the cost of their testimony. 

Those first Christian missionaries came to expect op- 
position. Their's was a message which upset old tradi- 
tions and condemned some established privileges. It ran 
counter to many prejudices, and would have set aside a 
few techniques which men had long used for pleasing 
God. Opposition was to be expected, in spite of the fact 
that the Christians had a priceless gift to offer to the 

There is great danger that the modern Church shall 
seek to avoid all opposition. It refuses to do its duty in 
some instances because of the opposition of the newspa- 
pers, in othei- cases because of the Chamber of Commerce 
or the Real (Estate Board, in still other cases because its 
membership belongs to some political party. 

Just as the mighty air-liner rises from the field and 
soars away to its destination in the face of the oppos- 
ing wind, so the Church in every generation has risen to 
glorious heights when it has accepted its stewardship of 
opposition and compelled its opponents to furnish it with 
a part of its power. — Selected. 

At press time the C.E. top- 
ic had not arrived. Sorry. 

Four Safety 'T)eposit "Boxes j 

There are four boxes in the safety deposit vault of \ite\ 

I. The Box of Selfishness j 
I kept ,all my wealth — and I mourn my loss; 

For gold, in a skeleton hand, turns to dross. 

Love, friendship, and gratitude might I have bought, 

But I kept my wealth till it mouldered to naught. 

II. Box of Pleasure 

I spent all my gold — I danced and I sang — 
The palace I built with hilarity rang; 
Plays, revels, and frolics from even to dawn — 
But I lie here with nothing — I spent it; it's gone. 

III. The Box of Avarice 

I loaned my good money — at grasping per cent — 
'Twas I who got all that you kept and you spent; 
While I counted my Millions, Death plundered me bare — 
And this grave that I sleep in belongs to my heir. 

IV. The Box of Charity 

It was little I had, but I gave all my store 
To those who had less, or who needed it more; 
And I came with Death laughing, for here at the grave 
In riches unmeasured I found what I gave! 


Sin is the most expensive thing possible. 

It wastes money. 

It wears the body into decay. But, bad as these things 
are, there are even worse behind; for it blights the in- 
tellect and withers the moral nature of the man. 

It weakens the will; it blunts the conscience; it hardens 
the heart. 

It dries up all the finer feelings of the soul, so that 
ultimately all regard for truth and holiness and purity 
is gone. 

But worse yet. Sin is an enslaving thing. It becomes 
the master of the man who indulges in it, and sets him 
to do the hardest drudgery. It hires him out, as it were, 
to feed swine, leaving him to feed along with them. 

That which was at first a joy becomes in the end a 
bondage. That which was at first a pleasant companion 
becomes at length a cruel taskmaster, who compels him 
to make bricks without straw, and sometimes even with- 
out clay. • 

Sin defiles, disfigures, debases, and blasts all it touches. 
It is at once a state, guilt and a pollution — Our Young 
Covenanters — From Log of the Good Ship Grace. 


Recently, The Pathfinder stated that six Russian The- 
oligical Seminaries are now training 3,000 students for a ; 
unique missionary work. When trained they are to infil- ■ 
trate into Churches throughout the world and spread Com- 
munist doctrines, not Christian truth. Three of the Semi- 
naries train men for Catholic and Protestant countries. 
Two are for Buddhists, Confucianists, Moslems and Brah- 
mins. The Sixth is for Israel. — Prophetic News. 

ANUARY 6, 1951 


Prai/er ffleeting 

IBy C. 1 . §ilmer 


The world is weary of new tracks of thought 

That lead to naught. 

Sick of quack remedies prescribed in vain 

For mortal pain. 

Yet still above them all, ONE figure stands 

With outstretched hands. 

Man's ears are deafened with conflicting cries, 

"Here wisdom lies!" 

"Here rest and peace are found!" 

"Lo here, lo, there. 

All things are fair." 

Yet still ONE Voice repeats the tender plea: 

"Come unto Me!" 

Fools stumble on strange paths their fathers trod 

In search of God, 

But found Him not, and in defeat they died. 


Yet NOW or THEN, ONE ceases not to say: 

"I am the WAY!" 

L TO ONiE NEED be in the dark about the identity of 
N Jesus Christ (John 20:31). He Who made man was 
lade Man (John 1:1, 14). There need be no doubt about 
le divinity of Christ (1 Tim. 3:16). John the Baptist 
3 the forerunner of Christ presented Him to Israel and 
) us (John 1:23-29). John was not aware of the identity 
nd divinity of Christ until His baptism (John 1:31-34). 
here has been a needless controversy .concerning Christ 
-oni John's day to this. God had sought to prepare Israel 
ir the coming of Christ through the prophets (Micah 
:2; Matt. 2:15, 23; Hosea 11:1). If all in Christ's day 
ad been honest like guileless Nathaniel their problem 
■ould have been easily solved (John 1:46; 7:52, 40-44). 
ecause of their unbelief Christ utterly baffled the Phar- 
lees (Mark 12:35; Matt. 22:42, 43, 46). The ancient rab- 
is thought there had to be a double Messiah in order to 
ave a suffering Messiah and also a reigning Lord as 
escribed in Isaiah 53 (1 Peter 1:10-12). They were 
linded at the cross (John 12:32-34). 

Through Israel's blindness God accomplished the atone- 
lent (Acts 13:27). Peter's sermon on the Day of Pente- 
DSt, showing that the divinity of Christ was established 
y His resurrection, brought moral conviction (Acts 2: 
6, 37). Such was the burden of all apostolic testimony 
Col. 1:27; Acts 9:22; 28:23). The executioners of Christ 
id not know what they were doing (1 Cor. 2:3-8). The 
hrist-rejectors of today crucify Him afresh, knowing 
'hat they are doing (Heb. 6:6). All who were convinced in 
eter's day of the divinity of the Christ made a ready 
cceptance of Him as personal Saviour (Acts 3:13-19; 
:4). Thus it was with the Lord's brothers who did not 

believe on Him until after the resurrection (John 7:5; 
Acts 1:14; Gal. 1:19). Stephen was stoned in fulfilment 
of John 16:2. After listening to Stephen's sermon on the 
divinity of Christ Saul was determined to stamp out Chris- 
tianity (Acts 8:3; 26:9-11). Saul had to be convinced of 
the deity of Christ (Acts 9:4, 5; 1 Tim. 1:12-13). When 
the issue was decided he lived by the faith of the Son of 
God (Acts 9:20; Gal. 2:20). 

C. T. Judd said, "If Jesus Christ be God and died for 
me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make 
for Him" (Rom. 12:1). How can any one acknowledge the 
divinity of Christ with his head without enthroning Christ 
as Lord of his life (Matt. 12:30; John 1:11, 12)? When 
one is settled as to the Person of Christ he is ready to 
make the good confession (John 1:45-51; Acts 8:37). 

Would-be philosophers make blind our eyes 

With sophistries. 

And bid our faith by Science stand appalled 

Yet still ring out these words of tender truth ; 

"I am the TRUTH!" 

Men seek in vain some charm, whereby to flee 


Some magic potion which to them shall give 

The power to live. 

Yet still one message sounds above the strife: 

"I am the LIFE!" 

Gomme^its on the Lcssow Ivi the Cdknr 

Lesson for January 14, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 1:21-22, 29-35 

normal life after He entered upon His real min- 
istry. There were no real rest periods for Him; no eight- 
day — five day week; no weeks or month of vacation — foi' 
even when He was so weary that He really needed to stop 
awhile, Mark records (Mark 6:31) "And he said unto them 
(the apostles) Come ye yourselves apart unto a desert 
place, and rest awhile: for there were many coming and 
going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat," and 
then Mark continues by telling of the many that "ran 
afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and 
came together unto him." Then follows the story of Je- 
sus' compassion, which we will deal with in another les- 
son, that of February 11th. 

Just how many of us would devote as much time to the 
task of ministering to those about us under similar cir- 
cumstances? How little it takes to keep us at home, away 
from the services of the church — a little on Sunday, but 
even much less during the week. 

Have you ever tried to follow the Master's footsteps as 
He journeyed about during His earthly ministry? He had 



to walk from place to place. The only time we ever hear 
of His riding was when He rode triumphantly into Jeru- 
salem just before His crucifixion. All other journeys were 
made on foot. Now Palestine is a hilly, rugged country. 
It was no mere pleasure jaunt to travel the I'ough al- 
most unbroken paths which led from place to place. Many 
the time they must have woi'n out their sandals as they 
contacted the rocks that covered the uneven way. But He 
never complained. He simply did what He came to earth 
to do — to "show forth the Father" unto men, and then to 
give His life a ransom for many." 

Our Golden Text, taken from Matthew 9:35, gives us a 
pretty good picture of what Jesus did in His ministry, 
for we read, "And Jesus went about all the cities and 
villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the 
Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and 
every disease among the people." 

"Teaching — Preaching — Healing." That program is a far 
reaching one. It is one that Jesus expects His followers 
to emulate. 

But one cannot very well "teach" unless he is also him- 
self taught. Jesus was the Great Teacher because He Him- 
self was the author of all knowledge. We read that "in 
him was life and the life was the light of men." Tnae 
knowledge is always willing to be brought to light. If we 
become real pupils of the Divine Teacher, we will also be 
able to impart true knowledge to those with whom we 
come in contact. 

Preaching is not merely the "saying of words." Jesus' 
preaching was such that the people bore witness of the 
"gracious words that came out of His mouth," but they 
also noted the life He lived, and He was able to say that 
no man was ever able to show that He had sinned, and 
the writer of Hebrews testifies that He "was in all points 
tempted as we are, yet without sin." Our own preaching 
needs more than mere words, and we are all preachers 
whether we realize it or not. What is the Gospel "accord- 
ing to you?" 

Jesus went every where "healing." We believe that He 
still has that power to heal. He gave James the words 
which he recorded in the fifth chapter of his epistle. But 
we must remember that it still is He that is the healer, 
not us. 

Yes Jesus' ministi-y was varied — it still is. He still 
teaches, preaches and heals, although it now is brought 
to light through human agencies. Are you one of His 

News From Our 


Since our last report we held oui- Homecoming and 
Sunday School Rally on October 8th. A covered dish din- 
ner was served in the church basement at the noon hour. 
Rev. Robert Bischof, pastor of the Mon-ill, Kansas, (Breth- 
ren Church, was our guest speaker in the afternoon. 

On October 15th a young mother and a junior girl were 
baptized, and then on November 5th four more were bap- 
tized — two young married women and two girls, making; 
a total of six in the last three months. 

Our revival services which were to have been held ini 
early November, were postponed to the two weeks pre- 
ceding Palm Sunday and at that time Rev. John T. Byler, 
pastor of the Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church, will be 
our evangelist. 

The Falls City Church has adopted a new constitution 
which is the best we have ever read. Rev. Eppley, with 
Guy and John Lichty were the constitution committee. 

One of our young men, John Lichty, took his stand for 
all-out work for the Lord and is now in Ashland College 
studying for the ministry. 

We have a large group of boys in age from twelve 
through fifteen years who are working on Boys' Broth- 
erhood Organization. They have chosen James Rieger from 
the Laynien's Organization for their sponsor and expect 
to complete the organization in the near future. 

The Sunday School is busy preparing its Christmas 
program. The Children's Division will give their program 
on Sunday morning, December 17th, while the Kingdorr 
Builders Class will put on a pageant on Sunday evening 
December 24th. 

Our pastor, Rev. H. E. Eppley, has been giving us 
some wonderful sermons on Sunday evenings on how tc 
live a true Christian life according to God's Holy Word. 

May we, as Brethren, do more for the building up ol 
His Kingdom in the New Year we have before us, thar 
we have in the past. ■ 

Mary E. Rieger, Cor. Sec. 

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One year ago last October 15th, the writer had thej 
blessed experience of serving as evangelist at our Smith-I 
ville, Ohio, Brethren Church, of which Brother Vernor 
Grisso is the pastor. After learning to know Brotheil 
Grisso and the splendid work he is doing there, we ini 
vited him to come to Bryan to hold two weeks of revival j 

Brother Grisso .arrived on the field on October 30th anc 
held a meeting every night, with the exception of Satui-- 
day, for two weeks, closing on November 12th. The at- 
tendance was affected somewhat throughout the whoU 
series by football games, open house at the local school 
and for many other reasons, including rain. The average 
evening attendance was 125. There were many who drovt 
several miles to attend every service. 

He was not with us long before the whole congrega 
tion "took him to their heart" and he became one of us 
Some preachers have only the ability to reach the younj 
or the older people, but without exception his message: 
brought blessing to both young and older folk alike. No 
only his messages appealed, but his genuine sincerity 
frankness and humility won for him a host of friendi 
that will never forget his stay with us. 

The people of the .Bryan church have long been know; 
for their hospitality and ability to prepare the fines 
meals ever. As the pastor and evangelist visited and at 

fANUARY 6, 1951 


it the many horaes during the two weeks, it was easy to 
lee that nothing was ever spared to make us feel that 
ve were more than welcome. The meals, besides the veg- 
itables and desserts, ranged from chicken, roast beef and 
lam, to chicken again. 

It was the writer's privilege to entertain Brother Grisso 
n the home for the two weeks and I can truthfully say 
ihat our whole family was blessed in our fellowship with 
lim. He became one of the family immediately and we 
lever felt that he was a stranger in any sense of the 
vord. I shall never forget the long talks we had, that 
3sted, sometimes, into the early hours of the morning, 
ind also the times around the family Altar, as well as 
;he times of recreation we shared together. 

"Bud" Hunter was with us for the last Sunday — sing- 
ng over the radio and at the morning service. This brought 
sack some very fond memories of the good times we en- 
oyed working with "Bud" and Vernon at Smithville. 

When we invited him to hold sei-vices we emphasized 
;he fact that we wanted a revival more than an evange- 
:istic campaign; and that is exactly what we received, no 
une coming forward to be saved, but a definite deepen- 
ing of the spirit in the hearts of the believer, and to me 
hat is a revival. 

In closing we want to express our personal thanks to 
Brother Grisso for the blessing he was to our family and 
bo our church, and it goes without saying that there is 
1 standing invitation to him to come back any time he 
■nay find it convenient. May the Lord continue to use 
nim is the prayer of our people here in Bryan. 

E. J. Black, pastor. 

IIJ IP ^1 

On October 20th we closed a two weeks evangelistic 
:'ampaign, with Brother W. S. Benshoff as our evangelist. 
During this period we had a revival in the true sense of 
the word. "Christ and Him crucified" was really Brother 
Benshoff's theme. 

Brother Benshoff spoke to the children several nights 
and also taught the Adult Bible Class on the first Sun- 
day morning and the Young People's Class on the sec- 
ond Sunday. 

We had two of our folks call for the Anointing Service 
which was gladly administered, with visible results to 
both, Sisters Kaylor and Schriver. 

The writer of this report especially enjoyed this young 
minister's services, as his father, the late W. C. Benshoff, 
served the Berlin, Pennsylvania, congregation during the 
building process at that place, and Brother St. Clair was 
a mere boy then, and Berlin was at that time the church 
home of the writer. 

The meeting resulted in one first time confession; while 
there were several girls, who with tears, expressed a de- 
sire to accept Chiist, but their parents would not permit 
them to come, as they (the parents) themselves ai-e not 
Christians. These girls come regularly to Sunday School, 
belong to the S. M. M., and come occasionally to Chris- 
tian Endeavor. Pray for these parents that the Holy Spirit 
might deal with them to the extent that they themselves 
will accept Christ as well as pei-mit these children to do 
the same. 

We had good attendance, fine interest, and wonderful 
music from both local and visiting churches, including 
some from the evangelist's own church at Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania. Evei-j'one enjoyed the piano solos by both 
Rev. and Mrs. Benshoff, and were impressed by the duet 
by Mrs. Benshoff and son "Jimmy." And, incidentally, the 
Cumberland Brethren discovered talent that had been dor- 
mant, by way of a vocal sextette among their own group 
of Laymen, including the pastor. Brother Bruce Shan- 
holtz. May the Lord bless and use these Brethren often 
to His Name's honor and glory. 

We still have prospects as a result of these meetings, 
as some older folks are asking questions concerning the 
Way of Salvation; so we continue to pray that they may 
become willing to unite with Christ and work in our local 
church, for we recognize the need here, as well as every- 
where, for stalwart Christians as Satan continues to bid 
high for the souls of men. 

We are expecting to buy a parsonage in January, lo- 
cated right near our church. We had a bazaar a few 
weeks ago, the proceeds of which went into our parson- 
age fund, which is already well over the $.500.00 mark. 
We had seventy-one in Sunday School on December 10th. 

Mrs. F. J. Beechley. 

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Although without a pastor for the past three months, 
through God's Grace and the untiring efforts of an active 
Church moderator and official board, Loree is maintain- 
ing her own. 

Attendance and offerings have remained good and the 
various auxiliaries function well. Guest preachers and 
speakers have appeared nearly every Sunday morning and 
frequently Sunday evening services have been held. Rev. 
Forrest Hostetler, a neigjiboring Church of the Brethz-en 
minister, has been very generous of his time and ability. 
His messages ring with fervor and present a great chal- 
lenge. Our deepest thanks to him and to all who have 
been of assistance. 

A two-week evangelistic campaign has just closed with 
Rev. John F. Locke of Maurertown, Virginia, preaching, 
showing slides and lecturing on Palestine each evening. 
His messages were very well received and Rev. Locke 
has become dear to the people of Loi'ee. To him we issue 
an open invitation to return whenever possible. Rev Aus- 
tin Gable very gi-aciously led the singing, gave of his 
time in visitation, and led in the Communion Service which 
was held on December twelfth. Three members were 
added to the church roll — one by letter and two by bap- 
tism. These two, a man and wife, neighbors of Rev. Gable, 
had made their confession and been baptized by Rev. 
Gable previously. At this time, while confined to their 
home because of illness, they sent a letter expressing their 
desire to unite with the Loree Brethren Church. 

Our choir, which was organized approximately three 
years ago, and has given invaluable sei-vice, will present 
a Cantata during the Christmas holidays. 

We ask an interest in the prayers of all the Brethren 
and may God bless and keep us all. 

LaVon Fox, Cor. Sec. 




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HUNDLEY-FURGESON. At the residence of the un- 
dersigned in Mexico, Indiana, on September 16th, Mr. 
William Hundley of Floia and Neva Furgeson of Flora, 
were united in marriage. Neva, has been a member of the 
church at Flora from her childhood. They will make their 
home in Flora. May God's richest blessings be upon this 

G. C. Grisso. 

ASH-CONRAD. In the Fi^t Brethren Church of (Cor- 
inth) Twelve Mile, Ind. occurred the marriage of Miss 
Frances Ellen Ash and Mr. Joseph Conrad on June 18th, 
1950. Miss Ash was an active member of the Corinth 
Brethren Church and Mr. Conrad a member of the Metea 
Baptist Church. The double ring ceremony was used in 
the presence of 150 guests. May God's richest blessings 
attend these young people. 

BEECHER-KNAUFF. Mr. Larkin Beecher and Miss 
Noima Jean Knauff were united in marriage in the home 
of the bride's parents on Sunday afternoon, July 9, 1950 
at 2:00 P. M. The single ring ceremony being used in the 
presence of the two immediate families. Mr. Beecher is a 
member of the Corinth Brethren Church and the bride 
of the Perrysburg Baptist Church. 

SAUSAMAN-YOCUM. Miss Marjorie lEllen Sausaman 
and Mr. Ross Edwin Yocum were united in marriage in 
a quiet wedding at the home of the writer on July 27, 
1950 at 2:30 P. M. This young couple were attended by 
the groom's brother and sister. The double ring ceremony 
was used. Miss Sausaman is a member of the Roann 
Brethren Chui-ch and the groom of the Methodist Church. 
They are living on the farm of the bride's parents. May 
God's blessings attend this worthy young couple. 

G. L. Maus. 

DUDGEON-,BETTY. Sunday, January 15, 1950, at 3:00 
P. M., Miss Naomi Dudgeon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Burt Dudgeon, of Belvedere, Neb., and Mr. Allen E. Betty, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Betty, of Rollins, Wyoming, 
wei'e united in holy wedlock with a double ling ceremony, 
in the Brethren church, Carleton, Nebraska. The cere- 
mony was performed by the pastor and witnessed by a 
large number of relatives and friends. A delightful re- 
ception in the parlor of the church followed. Mi-s. Betty 
is a faithful member of the Carleton Brethren church and 
Mr. Betty is a member of the Methodist church. 

LIETSCH-STEYERS. August 20, 1950, at 4:00 P. M., in 
the sanctuary of the Brethren church, Carleton, Nebras- 
ka, Miss Audry Ruth Lietsch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Laurin Lietsch, became the bride of Mr. Wesley A. Stey- 
ers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Steyers. A double ring cere- 
mony was performed by the pastor in the presence of a 
very large number of relatives and friends. .Both the bride 
and groom are faithful members of the Carleton Breth- 
ren Church. A joyous reception was held at the home of 
the bride's parents, following the wedding. 

P. M., in the sanctuary of the Brethren Church, Carleton. 
Nebraska, Miss Jean Weddel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, 
Harry Weddel and Mr. Dale E. Lovegrove,son of Mr. and 
Mi's. Geoi-ge Lovegrove, of Fairmont, Nebraska, were 
united in holy wedlock. A double ring ceremony was per- 
formed by the pastor of the church. Nearly 200 relatives 
and friends were in attendance. A very delightful recep- 
tion was held in the parlor of the church following the 
wedding. The bride is a member of the Carleton Biethren 

— H. M. Oberholtzer. 

Slatb tn S^Ht 

WEDDEL-LOViEGROVE. November 26, 1950, at 7:00 Robert E. Speer. 

KAYLOR. Thomas William Kaylor was born August 
31, 1866 and departed this life November 14, 1950, agec 
84 years, 2 months and 14 days. He was a member ol 
the Brethren Church, having lived at Paw Paw, W. Va., foi 
many yea is. His wife preceded him in death in 1944. Sur- 
viving are Myrtle Kolb, Thomas Kaylor and Frances More- 
land. Funeral services by the undersigned. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz. 

BROWER. N. B. Brower, a life long resident of Miam 
county, Indiana, on August 1, 1950 at the age of 77 years 
He was the son of Elder and Mrs. Joseph Brower. 

On September 28, 1898 he was married to Miss Iren* 
Fonts. One son Ferrel was born to this union. He was 
faithful member of the Brethren church for many years 
and a charter member of the Denver Brethren Church. Hi 
was ordained to the Eldership of the Denver Church Ma; 
28, 1934. Sun'iving are his wife Irene and son Ferrel. 

Funeral sei-vices were conducted from the McCaiJ 
Funeral Home at Denver; burial in the GreenLawn Ceme 
tery at Mexico. Services in charge of the undersigned. 

G. L. Maus. 

WHITEHAIR. John Martin Whitehair, son of Joshu. 
and Proebe Garner Whitehair was born September 1£ 
1880, and died November 13, 1950, in Terra Alta, 
Virginia. Surviving are four brothers: Enzer, Arch, Row 
land and Bruce; two sisters: Mrs. Nancy Smith and Mrs 
Mintie Teets; also a foster sister, Mrs. Vera Hauger, an 
a number of nieces and nephews. 

He was a member of the Brethren Church at Terr 
Alta. He received the anointing service on August 14tl 
Funeral services were conducted in the Cooperativ 
Brethren Church by the pastor. Elder E. T. Fike. Inter 
emnt in the Terra Alta Cemetery. 

Mrs. Melvin Slaubaugh 


This is the beautiful way to think of the Lord's da; 
It is the shadow of Christ on the hot highways of tinii 
We pause in it as in a shelter from the heat, and are rf 
freshed. In proportion as we carry the spirit of it in1 
all days do they also become Lord's days, and yield r 
the same refreshment and peace as the Sabbath day.- 




Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

Todaij Rlone Is Tinne 

Helen Laiighton 

The vast is gone; the future 

Yet unknown; they both belong 

To God. Waste not your time 

In vain regret nor fearful dread; 

Let doubt give place to hope 
Instead of gloom. 

Let sun in radiance shine; 

Guard ivell this precious gift, 

Today alone is thine. 

Vol. LXXIII, No. 2 January 13, 1951 




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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Brother C. S. Fairbanks reports a 
fine time with the Ashland College Gospel Team which 
was with them recently. Bad weather rather hindered the 
sei-vices, but those who were able to attend were well re- 
paid for their efforts. The team consisted of Robert Hol- 
singer, John Mills, Horace Huse, and Harold Barnett. 
They were "snow-bound" in Washington and did not get 
back to Ashland for several days. 

Appropriate services were held in the Washington 
Church on Sunday, December 17th, marking the third 
year in their new church building. Moving pictures were 
taken of all who attended this service, which pictures 
will be appreciated in future years. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Freeman Ankrum re- 
ports that twenty-three were present for the combined 
Brotherhood and Christian Endeavor meeting on Monday 
evening, December 18th. A good time was reported. 

The Annual Community Christmas service at St. 
James, in which our church seems to have the leading 
part, was held again this year with a special program. 
Following the progi-am, a social meeting was held in 
the Sunday School room of our church. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. We learn from a newspaper 

. clipping sent to us by Brother L. B. Moser, Vice Moder- 
ator of the Hagerstown Church, that Brother and Sister 
James E. Ault entertained the members of the Official 
Board of the church and their families at an "Open 
House" on Sunday afternoon, December lOth, between 
the hours of three and five o'clock. The parsonage was 
attractively decorated with yule-tide appointments. About 
forty were in attendance. 

Uniontown, Penna. Second. Brother Ralph Mills, pas- 
tor sends us th.e following concerning the activities of 
the Second Church: 

"The Uniontown Brethren Church recently held a suc- 
cessful Christmas party. Many gifts were brought for our 
Kentucky missions. On December 17th a religious movie 
was shown and enjoyed by a large audience. Our attend- 
ance has been above the average for the last three months. 
Sunday, December 24th showed the highest attendance in 
several years. Januai-y 7th we had a special speaker from 
Pittsburgh, representing the Jewish Christian Mission. 
An offering was lifted for Jewish work. The Uniontown 
Laymen will entertain the Pennsylvania District Laymen 
the latter part of January. The Uniontown Brethren Bas- 
ketball Team has won three of its first five games in the 
Church League. The people of the church purchased their 
uniforms. This not only is helping in church attendance 
and interest, but is rendering a great sei'vice to the boys." 

Brother Mills \vas recently elected as Secretary-Treas- 
urer of the Uniontown Ministerial Association. 

Highland, Penna. Brother Ralph Mills, who is also pas- 
tor of the Highland Church, also sends the following items 
of Highland activities: 

"The Youth of the Highland Church presented their an- 
nual Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 24th, be- 
fore a very large audience. This is an event that the com- 
munity looks forward to, and the church is very pi-oud of 
its talent. Miss Jessie Phillips was in charge of the pre- 
sentation. This group is very active in church and county 
C. E. work, having won many awards in the Washing- 
ton County C. E. activities. Last year they had a play 
that was presented to various churches in the community, 
and with their offerings they purchased a beautiful cur- 
tain for the front of the church. In addition to the interest 
the youth have shown, the entire congregation is now con- 
templating the purchasing of new pews, the laying of 
hardwood floors, and a new carpet." 

Johnstown, Penna. Second. Brother N. V. Leatherman 
says, "Si.xteen young people enjoyed a very nice Christ- 
mas party which was sponsored by the Brotherhood of 
Andrew and Peter. Gifts were exchanged, and the young 
men presented their advisor. Brother Leroy Boyer, and 
also the pastor, each with a gift." 

The Christian Endeavorers sponsored the Watchnight 
sei-vice and presented a program. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother S. M. Whetstone announces a se- 
ries of special Wednesday night services, which began 

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t5hc 'Xittlcs" -Ghat CDakc I^hc "CDuch" 

WiE ARE TOLD THAT Arturo Toscanini, probably the 
greatest living symphony orchestra conductor, re- 
ceived his great opportunity in part, because of a rather 
"little" thing — he was near-sighted. In consequence he 
found it necessary to memorize all the music he was to 
play, and then, in order that he might come in at the 
right pLace, he also set about to memorize the parts of 
all the other instruments. When the director of the or- 
chesti-a suddenly became very ill, just before a concert 
was to be given, he volunteered to conduct the orchestra 
for that particular concert, because he knew the music 
as it was played by each and every instrument. That he 
was an immediate success was proclaimed by the great 
ovation he received at the close of the concert. As a re- 
sult, he was made the regular conductor of the orches- 
tra. His "little" handicap had been but the spur to send 
him on to higher attainment. 

As I read this little account it set me to thinking! 

It is out of the "little" seemingly insignificant things 
that the "much" is really obtained. It was in the small- 
ness of the little boy's lunch — five "little" loaves and two 
"small" fishes — that Jesus brought forth the "much" of 
the miracle of the multiplication of these same loaves and 
fishes. It was in the two little "mites" which the poor 
widow woman dropped into the box at the Temple door 
that Jesus brought forth the teaching of the greatness 
of giving. It was from the "little" child, "set in the 
midst," that Jesus took His great opportunity to teach 
the "much" of real Christian faith. It was the "little" 
mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, that brought forth 
His teaching of the greatness of the coming church in 
its spread of Christianity. 

We could go on and on vnth other illustrations of the 
"little" which went to make up the "much," but these 
will suffice for our thinking here. 

One time in Jesus' earthly life, He was being enter- 
tained in the home of Simon the Pharisee, and a woman 
which was a sinner, anointed His feet with ointment from 
a "little" box. Incensed by the criticism of the host. He 
made this significant statement, "Wherefore, I say unto 
you. Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she 
loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same 
loveth little." Those sins, "which were many," had not 
come to her all at once. They came "little by little," until 
they became "much." But also her love, coming through 
the little things that came to her from the hand of Jesus, 
became "much" in the same proportion. 

This cannot be a "brief" for men to sin much in order 
that they may love much, but rather it is simply the re- 
sult that is bound to come when men, caught in the toils 
of sin, come to the realization of their urgent need, and 
exchange their great sins for the great love of the Lord, 

The one who has "little" of which to be forgiven (such 
as what we know as a "good, moral man") feels that he 
has no need of the presence of the Lord, and his love is, 
in consequence, "little" if, indeed, he has any love at all. 

It is interesting to turn to the passages which carry 
the word "much" in them. In John 15:5, Jesus says, "He 
that abideth in me, and I in him, the .same bringeth forth 
much fruit ..." And we are reminded of the words of 
the Lord to the faithful sei-vant in the parable of the 
pounds, where He says, "Well done, thou good and faith- 
ful servant; thou hast been faithful in a very little: have 
thou authority over ten cities ..." And in the parable of 
the talents. He says, "Well done, thou good and faith- 
ful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few thing.s, 
I will make thee ruler over many things." 

The crime, of which many of us are guilty, is not "low 
aim" but "no aim." A homespun philosopher observes that 
"The reason some people don't get nowhere is that they 
didn't start nowhere in the first place." A writer in a mag- 
azine article tells of a little boy he met trudging along s 
country road with an air-rifle over his shoulder. "What 
are you hunting. Ruddy?" he asked. "Dunno, sir," was the 
reply, "I ain't seen it y,et." The set of the "little" goals 
in life tell whether we have "seen" what we are looking 
for or not. 

Little things count. It is how we live day by day that 
builds up the ultimate "much" in our final inventory. If 
we take care of the little things in life, the big things 
will take care of themselves. If we bank our "little 
faiths" with the Father, He will, in turn, add the inter- and make the final withdrawal of "much" value. 

Think it over! 


We are in receipt of a new book, "Best Bible 
Verses," compiled by Henry H. Halley. the author 
of that fine, and much used "Pocket Bible Hand- 
book." This new book contains 495 pages, and is 
divided into two parts: Part I — "Verses from each 
book of the Bible"; Part II — "Verses grouped un- 
der various topics." It is invaluable to those who 
wish to find the best verses in the Word and do it 
quickly. The price is $2.00, if cash accompanies the 
order. Order from the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, Ashland, Ohio. 

There is no excuse for being lost. Jesus said, "I am 
the way." 



Robert P. Bischof, who recently became 
the pastor of the Morrill, Kansas, Breth- 
ren Church, is a graduate of Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary, and the Morrill 
ChiLrch is his first resident pastorate. 
His ivife, the former Miss Beatrice King, 
daughter of Brother and Sister L. V. 
King, is a Registered. Nurse. Brother Bis- 
chof comes from Johnstown, Pa. 

Tke Wrong 

Standard of Tlfleasurement 

Robert P. Bischof 

"For not he (hat conimendeth himself is approved, but 
whom the Lord commendeth." — H Corinthians 10:18. 

STARTING with the tenth chapter of Second Corinth- 
ians, Paul makes a defense of his apostleship. One 
notices a decided break with the general tone of the first 
nine chapters of the letter at this point. It seems as 
though Paul in these last four chapters is singling out 
the Judaizers, men who attempted to combine the require- 
ments of the Jewish law with the free grace of the gos- 
pel, who were causing trouble at the Corinthian Cliurch. 

In the passage, chapter 10, verses 12-18, one finds the 
truth which Paul wants to leave with the Corinthian 
Church — that those who speak highly of themselves, are 
not «ase, but in a sense lack all the standards of common 

Paul does not want to boast about his work, but will 
lay the facts before the people and let them arrive at 
their own conclusions. In doing this Paul pictures for us 
"The Wrong Standard of Measurement." 

I. Self-Approval — "For we dare not class or compare 
ourselves with certain individuals that commend them- 

No one cares for a person who is always speaking in 
the first person singular — a person who seems to think 
that the only reason the sun rises or sets is so that he 
might be in the center of things. 

We think of this person as an egotist. A person who 
gets so wrapped up with himself and the things that he 
has done, or is doing, that all he gets done is talking 
about hims.elf. It is never a pleasure to be in the com- 
pany of this person. 

The rich young ruler is a very good illustration of this 
type of man. He took pride in approving himself. When 
he asked what he had to do in order to inherit eternal 
life, one can sense that he was looking back over his life 
and saying, "I know that I will meet the standards." In 
fact he did meet the first part of the standards which 
hinged upon the "I." The ten commandments hinge on 
what you should do in your individual life. For 
instance repeat them as their wording implies. "I shall 
have no other gods before me but Jehovah"; "I must honor 
my father and mother"; "I must not commit murder"; "I 
must not commit adultery"; "I must not steal," etc. All 
commandments deal with me — the individual. 

The rich young ruler was quite content that he would 
be praised for his obedience to the commandments. We 
do not know what his motive was in asking Jesus the 

(juestion. Perhaps he was sincere; again he might have 
asked the question in hopes that Jesus would praise him 
before the people and he could then throw out his chest 
in self-pride. One can sense the look of self-pleasure that 
came over him when Jesus remarked, "Thou knowest the 
commandments; do not commit adultery, do not kill, do 
not steal, do not bear false witness, honour thy father 
and thy mother." And perhaps the young man threw out 
his chest with s,elf-pride as he answered, "All these have 
I kept from my youth." The young man had complied with 
the personal requirements, those that hinged in "1." 

But Jesus asked him to take the "I" out of his life, to 
put it in the background, to do away with self-approval 
and get interested in others. However, it was at this 
point the young man failed. Jesus said, "Yet thou lackest 
one thing; sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the 
poor, and thou shalt have treasures in heaven: and follow 
me." It was as if Jesus continued, "That is fine, young man, 
you have passed the test of self-approval, the T in your 
life needs but one more test. The test is to cast out the 
T and start to think about the people aroiuid you. You 
are rich and you could help them. A true test of my dis- 
ciples is that they crucify themselves and give their goods, 
and their lives to help those about them. Only after you 
have cast aside thoughts of your personal self and be- 
come conscious of the needs of those about you, and he- 
come willjng to take up your cioss and follow Me in a life 
not of self-service, self-approval, self-glorification, but inj 
a life of forgetting self and of service to others can youl 
e.xpecl to inherit eternal life." j 

But the rich young ruler, like far too many today, was 
only interested in self, and when he found that self- 
thoughts and self-living would not bring eternal life, he 
went away sorrowing. He had thought in terms of self- 
appioval, but failed. God thinks in terms of love and 
service to others. 

Thus thinking too highly of self and having the selil 
as the center is the "Wrong standard of measurement.'' 

II. "Measure themselves by one another, and compare 
themselves with one another." Dr. Erdnian calls this the 
"Mutual Admiration Society." 

Paul states that people who compare themselves am 
measure themselves by those in their own group are noi 
wise; in fact, they do not even show common sense. 

Comparison is really the only yfa,y we have of measur 
ing our own development. However, we should never com 
pare ourselves with those that are inferior, or with thos( 
that are equal to us. Comparison is only good when ij 
is made with those who excel us. We as Christians shoule | 

JANUARY 13, 1951 


thus compare ourselves with Christ and not some weak 

Sometimes I feel that Christians are too often content 
with comparing themselves with others in the Church who 
they feel are doing as good as they are. "Mr. and Mrs. 
Smith have not been to Church for some time, but I have 
only missed the last several Sundays. That person never 
does any work around the chui'ch, but I have done thi.s 
and that." All are comparisons with something less. 

Then this danger is also seen in Churches. Too often 
the tendency is to show what your church has done over 
.and against what some other church is doing. I believe 
this comparison is seen more on the attendance level. Peo- 
ple notice a large Church and then say, "Well we are a 
small church, yet our average attendance for services on 
Sunday and the prayermeeting is proportionately higher, 
so we are not doing too had." This is the wrong method 
of compai'ison, this is the wrong "standard of measure- 
ment." We dislike to face the truth, but like to feel 
that we are really living up tu standards as much as the 
other fellow or Church. 

III. The Right Standard of Measurement. 

"He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." 

Paul's standard of measurement — Galatians 6:14. "But 
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our 
Lord Jesus Christ; by whom the world is ei-ucified unto 
me, and I unto the world." 

If we would keep the cross of Christ before us and really 
glory in it, all thought of self-pride, self-commendation, 
self-approval would disappear and we would see ourselves 
as we really are. ITie cross of Christ should keep us 
humble, and be an incentive for ti-ue Christian living. 

The wrong standard of measurement is that of self 
commendation, comparisim with uur own group, and seek- 
ing the approval of man. 

The right standard of measurement is crucifixion of 
self for the gospel's sake, glorying only in the cross of 
Christ, passing God's test of service to others. 

II Cor. 10:18, "For it is not the self-commended, it is 
not he, that stands the test; no, it is the man whom the 
Lord commends." — Morrill, Kansas. 

Why Not An Everif-Member Churchl 


/ "But II 
\ man to p 

the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every 

■ofit withal." I Corinthians 12:7. 


church. Where did such a 
you will turn to your Bible you wil 
goes back a good many years. The 
her church must have obtained in 
the expression signifying the idea 
dred times in the Word of God. 

about the every-mem- 
thought originate ? If 
I discover that the idea 
idea of an every-mem- 
early Bible times, for 
occurs about five hun- 

When God gave the manna. He did it on the every- 
member principle. When the people built the Tabernacle, 
they did it on the every-member plan, for we read, "Of 
every man that giveth willingly with his heart, ye shall 
take My offering." And so, whether it was the census 
of the people, or the wildex-ness journey; whether it was 
for war or worship, the Old Testament peoples were or- 
ganized on an every-member plan. 

Then when we come to the New Testament, Christ gave 
"to every man according to his work," and Paul asked 
from eveiy man an offering. When we I'each the last book 
of the Bible, the Revelation, we find that every one of the 
Thyatira church members is rewarded ."according to his 
works" every one of the elders provided with a harp, 
and every one of the martyrs is given a white robe. So 
it would seem that God, both in the Old and New Testa- 
ment times, proceeds on the nxethod of the every-mem- 
ber plan. 

1. An very-member church should be a praying church. 

A German farmer was plowing his field on Saturday 
afternoon as one of the elders of the church drove down 
the road to the little church on th.e hill for prayer meet- 
ing. The farmer stopped him and inquired where he was 
going, and when the man said, "To church for a prayer 

meeting." The fai-mer made reply, "Oh, we don't have to 
do that in our church; w,e just pay the pi-eacher, and he 
does all the praying for us." 

While we may smile at the crudity of this statement, 
to a greater or less extent his idea prevails in the minds 
of many professing Christians. That is to say, they fail 
to remember that religion is the most personal thing in 
the world. 

It is somewhat in the church as it is in the human 
body. The human organization is composed of numberless 
living cells, each an individual, but each co-operating with 
the others. When each one does its part there is health 
and peace, but when certain cells of the body, instead of 
co-operating for the common good, for some reason be- 
come isolated from their normal associations, and have 
set up colonies of detached structures, the result is such 
a parasitic growth as we call cancer, which preys on the 
organism and sets up a hostile function. It is much the 
same in church life. The only way for a church life to 
keep normal is to have all its members working together 
with one another and with God. As soon as any cease to 
function thus, and lose touch with Him they begin to set 
up those malignant giowths which we know as criticism, 
faultfinding, indifference and similar things. But com- 
mend me to any chui-ch whose people are praying people. 
I will not have any fear of that church being taken to the 
hospital to be operated on for moral or spiritual cancers: 
they will not be there. 

We are told that the prayer of a righteous man avail- 
eth much in its woi-king. But when we piay, we release 
mysterious currents of spiritual energy, which beat against 
the throne of God and the iron-clad hearts of men. Just 



as the radiogram which leaps over the oceans require 
high electric energy to overcome the counter-currents, so 
prayer takes the highest possible energy of desire and 
will to overcome the opposition of opposing minds, and 
open them to the voice of God. But think of its power. 
As you note the swaying of a bridge under the regular 
tramp of a regiment of soldiers, so, if we had sensitive 
enough eyes, we could see Satan's kingdom totter in re- 
sponse to the regular united prayer of God's people. 

2. An every-member church should be a working church. 

It is a scientific fact, and also a spiritual fact, that 
idleness is always a prelude to death. As soon as you 
stop the normal functioning of an organ, it begins to 
wither and to perish at once. The first recorded sentence 
of Jesus the Boy was this: "I must be about My Fa- 
ther's business." 

When Charles Lamb was freed from the counting-room 
of the East Indian Company wheie he had been employed 
for many years, he thought he had reached the moment 
uf greatest happiness in life. He was full of ecstacy of 
unfettered leisure. Then two years passed — two years of 
idleness and weariness, at the conclusion of which he said 
that whereas time had formerly been his friend, now it 
was his enemy. "I assure you," he said, "no work is worse 
than overwork." 

Life, then, is not a Pullman sleeper; it is a great labor 
camp. The church is not a body of people organized to 
avoid activity; it is rather a conscientious company of 
perspiring co-operators. Let us leave Heaven to God, but 
while we are here let us work, seeing that "the night 
Cometh when no man can work." 

There is one sense in which we can bear one another's 
burdens; anothei- in which every man must bear his own 
burden. A man can help me to carry my basket of food, 
but no man can eat for me. A man may drive me home 
in his car, but he cannot possibly sleep for me. A man 
can pray for me when a dear one is dying, but he can- 
not grieve for me. Nay, rather, a man can pray with me, 
but he cannot possibly do my pnaying for me. A man can 
work with you in the church, but he cannot work for you 
in your place. God has picked you out a task and another 
cannot do your task without leaving his own undone. "So 
built we the wall," we are told, because "all the people 
had a mind to work." 

3. An every-member church should be a giving church. 

It is a strange thing that many people without real- 
izing it, are living on the basis of ancient society in these 
modern days. Sir Henry Maine has pointed out that the 
unit of ancient society was the family, but the unit of 
modern society is the individual. Now, then, many mod- 
ern Christains are living on the old family basis. They 
say something like this, "Oh, yes, I come of a good fam- 
ily. Oh, no, I am not a church member myself, but my 
father and mother have been for years. Why we used to 
entertain the preachers, in our home, etc." They evidently 
expect to get to Heaven, on the basis of an ecclesiastical 
hotel run by their ancestors. Or again, they say, "No, 1 
do not give to the church myself, but my father • — he 
does. We do not want to bother with envelopes, but father 
gives a check once a year for the whole family," and so 
it goes. It reminds one of the old Gospel hymn, "Oh, to 

he nothing, nothing, only to lie at His feet." Maybe it 
could be changed to read, "Oh, to be nothing, nothing, only 
to sit in dad's pew." 

Did you ever think how the every-member principle ap- 
plies everywhere in daily life ? How much do you suppose 
it would cost you to have the printer print a single copy 
of tomorrow's paper for you alone ? It would be interest- 
ing to ask the editor how many hundreds or thousands 
of dollars it would cost to get out just one copy. And 
yet you can buy it now in its mass production for a 
nickle ! Why ? Because of the every-member idea, which 
means multiplication of "littles." 

How much would you pay for a car-ride home from 
your office, or from town, if the company would have to 
buy a single bus or street car just to take you home that 
once ? And yet you can ride for from ten to twenty cents 
because of the every-member plan. 

What would it cost you to have gas piped to your resi- 
dence, or a telephone put in, or sei'vice from the electric 
company, if it was done just for you and no one else? 
Suppose that the grocer sent to Europe for just one can 
of imported sardines, just for your family? Do you sup- 
pose you could buy it for a few cents? Could the govern- 
men postal service carry your letter from your home to 
the far distant points of our country for three cents if 
it were the only one carried ? 

No, all of these things are possible only because of the 
cooperation of vast numbers of individuals. 

So it is in the work of the church. It is known that it 
costs many dollars to put on a single Sunday service. Yet 
you can come in and sit in free seats, and give what- 
ever you care to for the support of the work. Could you 
do that at the movies, or any other kind of entertain- 
ment in the commercial world ? No ! And yet, there ai'e 
people that say that all the church wants is your money. 
That is not true, but what the church desires today is 
only this: It only wants you to be a participator in all 
the matters which obtain in the work of the church. The 
matter of giving is one that must be settled between the 
individual and his God. But it must be remembered that j 
it IS GOD with whom you must settle. Whatever is given | 
must be, according to Paul, a proportionate giving. j 

4. An every-member church should be a witnessing 

The following is a conversation between a Bishop in a 
certain foreign missionary field and one of the workers. 
"How many missionaries have you in this field?" the 
Bishop asked. "Three thousand, sir," was the reply. "You 
misunderstand me," said the ,Bishop, "I did not ask how 
many converts you have, but how many missionaries?" 
"No, Bishop, 1 did not misunderstand you," was the re- 
ply. "We have three thousand missionaries, for every 
one of our converts is a missionary." 

Would it not be a great thing if each pastor in our de- 
nomination could say, "We have an equal number of mem- 
bers and personal workers in our church, for every mem- 
ber is an active member." In Korea, that war-torn coun- 
try, when missionaries were permitted to function proper- 
ly, each convert was asked one question when he asked i 
for membership in the church, "How many others have 
you led to Christ?" and if he answered that he had led 
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JANUARY 13, 1951 


The Mi 

i€ /Vlissionary 

Furnished by E. M. 

Board Section 

Riddle, Secretary 


The heaviest winter weather in y.ears, in these parts 
has shattered dates and plans for the Missionary secre- 
tary, for the past few weeks. However a number of con- 
tacts have been made. 

One Sunday evening was spent in our former pastorate, 
with friends and former parishioners at Louisville, Ohio. 
It was a very unusual service which we attended. The 
arrangement and presentation of the program was 
unique. It was a service of dedication of new robes. Com- 
munion table and Candlestciks for the table. The latter 
were memorial gifts honoring the late Mr. and Mrs. 
F. M. Oyster. It was a beautiful tribute. 

A Sunday morning was enjoyed with the people who 
worship at the Garber Memorial mission church in Ash- 
land., This work is sponsored by the Park Street Breth- 
ren Church and the leadere are Kenneth Solomon and 
Robert Holsinger both of the Seminary. The work is 
prospering. It is planned that special services shall be 
conducted at this mission the latter part of January. 

Roanoke, Indiana, had a very impressive missionary 
sei-vice with your Secretary as speaker, on the morning 
of December 17th. It was very cold, but more than fifty 
people were in attendance. The Reverend S. C. Hender- 
son and his wife have been in charge of this church for 
many years. 

Huntington, Indiana, on the same day welcomed the 
Missionary Service. After speaking to the Youth group, 
more than sixty people were attentive listeners and wor- 
shippers for the evening hour. To me the most enjoyable 
feature of the evening was my privilege to hear their 
Men's chorus, which presented three most excellent selec- 
tions. Every number added greatly to the spirit of the 
evening. (Believe me, that which does not add to, surely 
does subtract.) The Gilmers love their people and it most 
certainly seems that the people love the pastor and his 
wife. May I add, it should be so. 

Now — we have closed the old year and are a few days 
within a New Year. It is like facing an ominous cloud. 
There is uncertainty, gloom and warning. Millions have 
been called to prayer. Leaders in many fields sense the 
need of prayer. Christians must not falter. We are needed 
now. We must keep FAITH alive. We need the Church 
as individuals for the sake of our union with the cor- 
porate body of believers in Jesus Christ. A richer spir- 
itual life must be developed and the Church is the instru- 
ment through which it will come. Therefore, the Church 
needs our LOYALTY and our STRENGTH, especially 
in these days when Communism is making inroads and 
destruction wherever possible. Our Christian faith, our 
homes, our heritage, are facing the greatest test. 

Brethren Friends — let us be on guard, lest we fall into 
such ranks, such as make up too great a multitude of 
people who claim to be in the Church already and who 
sit there ready to have everything come to them, with 

no sense of responsibility for others outside the Church. 
We must keep ourselves informed about the work our 
own Chui'ch is doing in order that we may be prepared 
to take up that largest leadership that God has given us, 
the privilege of sharing in the work of the Church of 
Jesus Christ in all parts of the world. 

Our country, our continent will be ti-uly great and her 
influence will sway the mind and the behavior of the 
world for justice and peace when she puts "first things 
first." Mr. Dulles in his book — "War or Peace," says, 
"We must not be afraid to recapture 'FAITH' in the 
primacy of human liberty and freedom, and hold to the 
view that man is destined by God to be more than a ma- 
terial producer and that his chief end is more than phys- 
ical security." 

Recall this fact — tens of thousands live today who, 
without the help of the Christian Church during the last 
World war, would now be dead. Thousands of tons of food, 
clothing, medicines for child care, besides general lelief, 
will be needed again. 

Financially everyone will have a share, whether we 
want it or not; but why not be i-eady to minister to the 
needy, remembering that Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye 
did it unto the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto 

Now is the time to LOOK UP. 

— E. M. R. 

Korea — Presbyterian Missionaries make appeal. Meet- 
ing in Taegue while the battle for Korea was raging near 
by, the Executive Committee of the Korea Presbyterian 
Mission appealed to the President of the U. S. A. Board 
of Foreign Missions "to appoint more missionaries for 
Korea, begin training in the U. S. for imminent oppor- 
tunities which should develop in the near future." Those 
missionaries who lemained in Korea after the invasion 
have been active in refugee relief work and in evacuation 
Korean Christians from behind battle lines. The large 
share of support, in both funds and personnel, for the 
work among 600,000 Christians south of the 38th parallel 
before the Communist invasion came from Presbyterian 
U. S. A. sources. — Christian Century. 

Dr. Bi-own, the Executive Secretary for Church Exten- 
sion in the Methodist Church, reports — "That the city of 
Ketchikan, Alaska, with a population of 6,000, spent nearly 
$5,000,000.00 in one year for liquor and only about $135,- 
000.00 for education. I have found drinking the most se- 
rious menace to the health and well-being of the people." 

"Success is attained by successfully surmounting a 
succession of unsuccessful efforts to succeed." — J. T. U. 

It matters not what you lose if you save your soul; it 
matters not what you save if you lose it. 



Brethren Church History 

Bj Re 


Sarah Righter Major 

SOME DOZEN MILES South of the Fairview Brethren 
Church, which is located eight miles southeast of 
Washington Court House, Ohio, is an interesting city. 
This city is in another County and the name of the city 
is Greenfield; the County is Highland. In the Cemetery 
rests the I'emains of one who would not surrender to dis- 
couragements, rebuffs, affronts, or insults from those 
who somehow thought that to t'hem alone was given the 
task of promulgating the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In a 
freshly dug grave on September 18, 1884, the body of a 
woman was laid to rest. She hud traveled the highway of 
life for seventy-six years and nineteen days. 

Far from the place of her birth, and many miles from 
the most active experiences of her life, she came to the 
end of the earthly journey. She saw the light of day near 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the twenty-ninth day of 
August, in the year 1808. She was born into the German 
Baptist home of John Righter, a minister of that early 
day. When she was born Alexander Mack, Jr., had been 
dead some five years. His name was a household word 
whei'ever the work uf the Brethren was established. 

There were but two children born to this home — Sarah 
and Mary. Of Mary we know nothing except her name. 
Sarah, like many of the Saints of God would not have 
bieen known to the world, except for Christ, and became 
one of that undying number. 

Sarah received a common school education, not more 
or not less than was offered to the average child. Her 
parents furnished her a home such as was provided in 
that pioneer day under Brethren surroundings. 

Sarah, much like Jesus in His early yeai's, remained in 
the home, subservient to the will and wishes of her par- 
ents. One day the news came to the community, and nat- 
urally was discussed in the home of Elder Righter, that 
a woman who at that time was receiving much publicity 
was to preach in the German Baptist Church in Philadel- 
phia, of which Peter Keyser was Pastor. No doubt it was 
known that other pulpits had been closed to this won^an 
pi'eacher whose ministry was attracting considerable at- 
tention. The woman permitted to occupy the pulpit of the 
Philadelphia Church was Harriet Livermore. 

Sarah was at that time eighteen years of age. It is 
possible that there was an element of curiosity when she, 
with her parents, seated themselves to listen to this wom- 
an of whom they had heard so much. 

The message went straight to the lieart of the young 
lady at that service, and conviction came to her. She im- 
mediately without loss of time becanie a member of the 
Philadelphia church in the year 182G. After she came 
forth from the waters of baptism and fully entered the 
church, there was a great burden upon her heart. This 
was almost simultaneous with her conversion. The de- 
sire was to preach the Gospel. Knowing the opposition that 
had been encountered by Harriet Livermore, and feeling 
that the same would be her lot, she kept the desire in her 
heart until it could no longer be hidden. It brought to her 
great distress of mind. Her father was aware that there 
was something that needed to be shared, and it was 
finally made known to him. He sympathized with her and 
comforted her with fatherly admonition. 

Knowing one who would be able to advice, they con- 
ferred with the leading minister of the congregation, Peter 
Keyser. He who had opened his Pulpit to Harriet Liver- 
more could do no less than give helpful and constructive 
advice to the young Sarah. His words of helpfulness aided 
her in overcoming her fears and enabled her to begin 
her work of witnessing. Misunderstanding and discour- 
agement were to be found on every hand. Her call to 
preach was not understood by many who otherwise were 
her friends. The unkind words were overcome by the con- 
viction of her inward call. His grace was sufficient for 
her and in a very humble manner she began her ministry 
in Philadelphia. 

The pastor of the Amwell, New Jersey, congregation, 
like Barnabas of old, heard of her and invited her to come 
to his congregation. This later-day Barnabas did too great I 
a work in the early days of the ministry of this young | 
lady to remain unnamed. He was Elder Isiael Poulson. 
To his congregation she spoke with great edification. Hen 
sermon touched the hearts of the people and gave hen 
much favorable publicity. Her field of service was con- 
tinually enlarged and many of those who had spoken un- 
favorably and were deeply prejudiced, when they werej 
pievailed upon to listen to her, were disarmed of theirj 
pre-conceived adverse opinions. 

The criticism was not so much against her message as* 

A.NUARY 13, 1951 


. was against the fact that she was a woman. The mat- 
;r was brought up in the various Conferences as to 
hether she should be allowed to preach. After hearing 
er the Brethren would not say no, though she was never 
;t aside by Ordination. Like Paul when the light shone 
pon him on the Damascus road, she felt that she was 
le recipient of a message to which she could not say no. 
Her commission came not from man, but the Maker 
[ man. Thus theie was an assurance of a far greater 
ower than had her commission come from man alone. 
Her extreme modesty and exemplary life vanquished 
luch of the adverse criticism leveled at her. Many of 
lose who went with fear and trepidation to hear her 
reach came away feeling that they had misjudged her. 
he late Henry Holsinger says of her, 

"I had the satisfaction of sharing the Philadelphia 
Pulpit of the Tunker Church some time during the 
sixties of the nineteenth century with Sister Major. 
(She had married Thomas Major March 10, 1842. 
Author.) It was my turn to preach in the forenoon, 
and I confess guility of a feeling closely akin to hu- 
miliation, at the thought of being in the same stand 
with a woman preacher. In the evening Sister Major 
preached, and I now humbly acknowledge that I was 
very much ashamed of myself because of the preju- 
dice confessed to above, but which, I am thankful to 
have the assurance, I had carefully concealed. She 
preached an excellent sermon. Her style was simple, 
her manner perfect, and every gesture in place. 

"At the Sunday school she was called on to ad- 
dress the children. The Sunday school was held in 
the gallery. Sister Major arose, and walked around 
the pulpit opening in the floor of the gallery, to a 
point opposite the wiiter. She stood for a moment, 
looking about as if to decide as to whether she was 
occupying the proper spot, when she said, 'Years ago 
today, at this very hour of the day, I stood in this 
same spot; I was converted to Christ, and felt the as- 
surance of my sins forgiven,' or words to that effect, 
as I am quoting from memory after a lapse of thirty 
odd years." 

She had good taste, good judgment and possessed much 
loquence when started in her message. Her soul seemed 
3 take wings as it were, carrying her listeners along with 
er. The fact that she was deeply spiritual without os- 
Jntation won for her many friends. 

This daughter of a Brethren Minister married in 1842 
n the tenth of March a Brethren Minister by the name 
f Thomas Major. Rev. Peter Keyser officiated at their 
/edding. In the year 1843 they sold their home, located 
ear Philadelphia and moved to Highland County in 
outhern Ohio, where the rest of their lives were spent. 

When she went to hold meetings she was accompanied 
y her husband who assisted in every way that he could, 
'he custom was for her to remain seated in the congre- 
:ation until her husband had entered the pulpit and 
pened the meeting with the proper remarks. Following 
hese she entered the pulpit and addressed the listeners. 
)ne who knew her and had listened to her in her ad- 
;resses gives us the following description of her: "In 
ress, she was ne,at and plain; a very plain bonnet which 
he soon laid aside — and a shawl over her shoulders. Her 

face showed marks of age and care and labor. She was 
the picture of meekness and humility, and completely sub- 
ject to the will of her husband. After the opening exer- 
cises she was invited to preach. She arose, slowly an- 
nounced one of the old texts, and it brought forth new 
truths that delighted my heart. The sermon was a mas- 

Her sympathies were with the poor and downtrodden. 
Unfortunates in Jails and other institutions were often 
visited by her. The colored people found in her a Christian 
friend. In her later life she became much interested in 
Temperance, and gave much of her time to aid those un- 
fortunates who were victims of the hellish stuff. 

If there had been no other result of her preaching, no 
other convert but one, her life would not have been a 
failure. While all Souls are precious in the sight of 
Christ, surely there are those who do more for Him and 
bring Him more glory. The one to whom reference is made, 
is that of the young man Abraham Cassel, who became 
tlie great Antiquarian of the Brethren. He gathered for 
posterity priceless manuscripts and books that otherwise 
might have been irreplaceably lost. He was one of the 
stars of her spiritual crown, for her preaching brought 
him into the visible kingdom. 

For a period of time, (September, 1921 to September, 
1923) the WTiter was pastor of the Fairview Brethren 
Church, southeast of Washington Court House, Ohio. If 
memory serves us correctly we wei-e told that tliis build- 
ing was erected in 185G. While the writer has no evidence 
upon which a positive statement may be made, it is alto- 
gether possible that Sarah Righter Major, may have had 
a part in the developing of this congregation, and the 
encouraging them in the erection of the building. Breth- 
ren ti'aveled far even in those days to help in the build- 
ing of congregations and edifices of worship. She traveled 
to Indiana holding meetings in some of the churches. 

When Sarah Righter was thirty-four years old, she was 
married. Her husband was born S,eptember 19, 1811, and 
died April 17, 1888, sui-viving her by four years. Three 
children were born to them and reached maturity, though 
none of them became members of the Tunker Fraternity. 
One of them is known for his testimony as to the rela- 
tionship between his mother and Harriet Livermore. This 
son was Col. T. E. Major. 

In the early history of the Brethren there is little said 
of the activities of the women of the church, but the facts 
are that their work was of no small matter. In historical 
research not much is found written as to the Laymen or 
the women, but their work cannot be minimized, though 
not publicised. In every movement the loyal women were 
not far in the background, but were working side by side 
with their husbands and associates. There may have been 
first a spying out of the land by the men as it were, but 
the women were in the second line, or ready to move in 
with the follow up forces. 

So side by side in the cemetery of the beautiful south- 
ern Ohio city of Greenfield, rest the remains of two who 
lived, not for self but for others. The sum total of the 
good they have done will not be known until the books 
are closed and the last crop of seed sown by their fol- 
lowers is reaped in the spiritual harvest. 

It seems only fitting to borrow the first stanza from 



the poem, "In Memoriam," written by the late Rev. 
James A. Sell, as an appropriate close for this article. 

"Their bodies now are laid to rest, 

To sleep beneath the sod, 

Their souls are free from earthly care, 

And are at home with God. 

They wave the palm and wear the crown. 

In their celestial home, 

And with the loved ones gone before. 

O'er fields of Glory roam." 

— St. James, Maryland. 

Bright Hama Ordained 
Jo The Miriistry 

Brother Bright Hanna, pastor of the Oakville, Indiana, 
Brethren Church, and former lay pastor of the Cambria, 
Indiana, Church was ordained to the full Gospel ministry 
in the Burlington, Brethren Church, which is his home 
church, on Sunday afternoon, December 10th, at 2:00 

The following is the program of the Ordination Service: 
Organ Prelude— "Sweet Peace the Gift of God's Love" 

Edith Rodkey 

Reading of the Credentials Rev. Wayne Swihart 

Hymn Congregation 

Scripture and Prayer Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Vocal Solo— "What Would I Give Thee, Master" 

Phyllis Schooley, Oakville 

Sermon Dr. W. I. Duker 

Quartet — "How Much I Owe" Men's Quartette, Burlington 

Interrogation of Candidate Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Consecration Prayers Rev. Gilmer and Dr. Duker 

(Candidate and wife kneeling) 

Charge to the Candidate Rev. Wayne Swihart 

Closing Hymn Congregation 

Benediction Dr. Duker 

The officiating iElders were: 

Dr. W. I. Duker, Goshen, Indiana, pastor of the Mil- 
ford, Indiana, Brethren Church, and a member of the 
Indiana Ministerial Examining Board. 

Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, Huntington, Indiana, pastor of the 
Huntington Brethren Church, and Secretary- Treasurer of 
the Indiana District Conference of Brethren Churches. 

Rev. Wayne Swihart, Burlington, Indiana, pastor of the 
Burlington Brethren Church, and Vice Moderator of the 
Indiana District Conference of Brethren Churches. 

Brother Hanna has been a member of the Burlington 
Brethren Chuich from his youth, and was given a call 
to the ministry from that church on August 6, 1950. 

The application for ordination was filed with the In- 
diana Ministerial Examining Board on August 25th and 
favorable action was taken by the Board on October 23rd. 
He has been pastor of the Oakville Brethren Church since 
September, 1950. 

Dr. W. I. Duker Retires 

December 31, 1950 marked the closing of the pastorat 
of Brother W. I. Duker with the Milford, Indiana, Breth 
ren Church. It also marked the completion of ninetee 
years of service in this one field. 

Following the delivery of the closing message of thi 
ministry, a cooperative dinner was served in the churc 
dining room at the noon hour. 

Brother Duker's retirement from the active ministr 
has been made necessary because of ill health, but he say 
that while he has retired from the duties of a pastorat* 
he still expects to continue to be of use in the ministrj 
preaching as opportunity and health permits. He is an 
has been in great demand in the bringing of special mes 
sages to service clubs, and will, no doubt, still continu 
in this field as he feels able. 

He served for many years as teacher in the publi 
schools of Goshen, Indiana, retiring as principal of th 
Chamberlain School several years ago. The Dukers liv 
in a beautiful home five. miles south of Goshen. 

Brother Duker has served the churches at Elkhart, Ard 
more and New Paris, having begun his ministry in 191t 
He served as President of the College Board of Trustee 
for a number of yeai-s. He has always been interested i 
the work of the Young People's Camp at Shipshewana 
having served for many years as Dean of the Camp. H 
contributed to the makeup of our Adult Sunday Schoo 
Quarterly for several years, writing the "Verse by Verse; 
for that publication. 

Already he is being approached to take over anothe! 
pastorate, but he fears that health will not permit sue! 
We are sure that in whatever endeavor he puts his enl 
eigy, there will always be that emphasis laid on the bet! 
ter things of life and that they will be given a definitj 
Christian flavor. 

'Ihe Milford church has called Brother Woodrow Immei 
of New Paris, Indiana, who was recently ordained to thii 
Gospel Ministry, to pastor the Milford Church. Brothe 
Immel is the son-in-law of Brother and Sister Everet 
Miller of New Paris. He is a science teacher in the cit 
schools, also. We bespeak for him a fine ministry in thi 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

on Wednesday, January 10th, at which meetings he i 
bringing a special evangelistic message. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick says that the "tin' 
red and black sox" which adorned their Christmas Tree a; 
the party on Friday night, December 22nd, contained thi 
sum of $21.70, which was to be added to their motion pit, 
ture projector fund. 

Ashland, Ohio. A fine Watch Night service was cor 
ducted on Sunday night, December 31st, sponsored by thi 
young people of the Christian (Endeavor. Following thi 
regular evening services, a program of music by the Sun 
day School orchestra, a time of testimony, and a playlti 


ANUARY 13, 1951 


vas given in the church auditorium; the group retired to 
tie basement for games and refreshments, and at 11:30 
eturned to the auditorium for the closing devotional eer- 
ice. About eighty were in attendance. 

Nappanee^ Indiana. We learn from Brother V. E. 

leyer's bulletin that on Sunday morning, December 3.1st, 
lev. C. A. Stewart and Mrs. Mary Price Ganshorn were 
nited in marriage following the morning service in the 
fappanee Church. Brother Stewart is assuming the pas- 
jrate of the Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church in January, 
lur congratulations to the newly weds. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King says that the next 
ash Day in the Elkhart Church has been set for Jan- 
ary 14th. 

Tlie Cantata, "Carols for Christmas," by Lorenz, was 
resented in the Elkhart Church by the Choir on Sunday 
k'ening, December 17th. 

Peru, Indiana^ Brother J. M. Bowman's bulletin of De- 
;mber 24th repoarts the reception of three by baptism 
iid three by letter. 

The Altruist Class gave a Christmas program at the 
ounty Home on Wednesday evening, December 20th. 

Oakville, Indiana. Brother Henry Bates, fonner pastor 
f the Oakville Church, informed us that he had received 
ord of the passing of Brother Charlie Kern, a life long 
lember of the Oakville Church. He has been in ill health 
)r some time and passed to his reward on Wednesday 
/ening, January 3rd, at 5:30 o'clock. 

Lanark, Illinois. The Christmas sei-viee at the Lanark 
hurch was held on Friday evening, December 22nd, at 
:30. The choir opened the evening with an anthem, 
Christmas Jubilate," accompanied by Mrs. Max Sisler 
i the organ. The program consisted of two plays: the 
rst, "Christmas in the Toyshop," was given by the chil- 
ren; and the second, "The Glory of the Lord," was pre- 
;nted by four adults. The children's classes held their 
hristmas parties at the church on Saturday afternoon, 
lecember 23rd. The Sunday morning service, which was 
lanned by Brother D. C. White, who is acting as pastor 
ntil Brother J. D. Hamel arrives on the field, proved to 
e very effective. 

Milledgicville!, Illinois. The Christian Endeavorers en- 
)yed a sled or hayride party on New Year's eve after the 
srvices. Refreshments were served at the church and the 
Im, "Reaching from Heaven," was shown. This was fol- 
)wed by the last half-hour in devotions as the old year 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentile announces that 
lere was a special installation service for the newly 
lected officers of the church and Sunday School and for 
le teachers of the Sunday School, which was held on Jan- 
ary 7th. 


(Continued from page 6) 

one to Christ, he was not admitted into the church, 
hink of it! What if every applicant for membership in 
tiis conutry were confronted with a test like that! 
Calculation has been made showing the tremendous pos- 
ibilities of the every-member plan in soul winning. Sup- 

pose that there were just one person in our country who 
was a follower of Christ, and that he was a soul win- 
ner. That is, suppose he were the only Christian in this 
country. Suppose he w.ere to start out from his home to- 
day and tomorrow he would win just one person to Christ; 
then the next day he and his disciple should each win 
one other to Christ; on the following day these four would 
win four more; and then day by day each of the new dis- 
ciples would win a single soul to the Savior! How long 
do you suppose it would be before the entire population 
of our country would be confessed followers of Christ? 
Just about one month. If you question that calculation, 
then either figure it out yourself, or go to some mathe- 
matician and. let him do it. 

To sum it all up, let us take for our motto during the 
remaining part of this conference year, these words of 
the scripture, "Every man, every woman, every child — 
according to his ability." 

— Adapted. 

KLINGAMAN. Charles E. Klingaman departed this 
world to be with his Saviour early Saturday moining, De- 
cember 16, 1950 at the age of 80 years and 5 months. 
Death was caused by a heart ailment and pneumonia, after 
a short illness. He attended the Father-Son banquet at 
the Waterloo Chuich on Tuesday evening, November 28th, 
Later in the night he suffered the heart attack which was 
the basic reason for his death. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Harriet Klingaman; 
a daughter, Mrs. Helen Jordan; a brother, W. W. Klinga- 
man and many nieces and nephews, besides a host of 
friends. He was a member of the Brethren Church for 46 

His funeral was held at the First Brethren Chui-ch in 
Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday, December 18, conducted by 
the undersigned. 

Rev. Spencer Gentle. 

FRIEND. Ransford Friend, son of Andrew and Elmira 
Zook Friend, was born in F\ilton County, Indiana, April 
20, 1873. He departed this life in the Martin convalescent 
home in Roanoke, Indiana, June 9, 1950. He was a mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church for 53 years. Since 1918, his 
and his wife's membership was with the Huntington 
Brethren church and previous to that date, with the Peru 
Brethren church. 

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lydia Friend, two 
sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great-grand- 
children, one brother and one sister. 

Funeral services were held in the Huntington Brethren 
church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. Y. Gilmer. Bur- 
ial was made in the Hoover cemetery, Athens, Indiana. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used bv Dcrmission" 

(Up to the time we were ready to go to press, no C. 
E. material had arrived from Brother W. S. Benshoff, 
due, we suspect, to circumstances which he had no 
control. Therefore, in order that the various societies may 
have something to work on, we are printing the follow- 
ing short material which has been furnished this office by 
the Internaetional Society. — Editor). 

.Scriptures : 2 

Topic for January 21, 1951 


Chron. 7:14; IMatt. 21:22; 5-43-46; Rom. 
8:26, 28; Phil. 4:6, 7 

Having considered Chiist's prayer life, let us now look 
at our own lives and at the lives of those about us. 

What happens when we pray? 

In this meeting we should consider both answered and 
unanswered prayer. (That is, prayer that might not be 
answered the way we desire.) 

Why didn't we get any satisfaction from our prayers? 

Was it the way we prayed; the attitude we took about 
prayer; the selfishness of prayer? 

Let the members give examples of times when they 
very definitely felt that their prayers were answered, and 
other times when they did not receive an answer. 

Said Farmer Jones in his whining tone 

To his good neighbor Grey, 
"I've worn ray knees through to the bone, 

•But it ain't no use to pray. 
I've prayed to the Lord a thousand times 

To make my corn grow. 
And why yours beats it in pounds, 

I'd give the world to know." 

Said farmer Grey to his neighbor Jones, 

In a quiet easy way, 
"When prayers get mixed with lazy bones 

They don't make farming pay. 
It's good to pray both night and morn 

As every farmer knows, 
But the place to pray for thrifty corn 

Is right between the luws. 
You must use your hands, while praying too, 

If the answer you would get. 
For the prayer worn knees and a rusty hoe. 

Never raised a big crop yet." 

— Author Unknown. 

Vrayer Wleeting 


For feelings come and feelings go, 

And feelings are deceiving. 
My warrent is the Word of God, 

Naught else is worth believing. 

Though all my heart should feel condemned 

For want of some sweet token, 
There is One greater than my heart 

Whose Word cannot be broken. 

I'll trust in God's unchanging Word 

Till soul and body sever. 
For though all tilings shall pass away, 

His Word shall stand forever. 

— Martin Luther. 


THE ASSURANCE of salvation is essential to Chris^ 
tian happiness (Luke 10:20), and to confidence h 
pi-ayer. If we are not sure of our owii salvation how cai 
we win others to salvation? It was upon the assurance' 
of salvation that the Pentecostal converts were baptize( 
(Acts 2:41). They believed Joel 2:32 (Acts 2:21). Thei: 
assurance was based upon God's Word. 

The Word of the Lord can be trusted (John 5:10, 11) 
It is given that we might believe in Christ and have lifi 
in His name (John 20:31). If we meet the conditions o: 
salvation we know we are saved (1 John 5:13). If W( 
receive Christ we have present salvation (John 1:12; 5:24 
6:47; 3:30; 1 John 5:12). Paul's assurance of salvatioi 
was not based upon presumption but upon his knowledgi 
of Christ (2 Tim. 1:12). We could not have the Holy Spiri 
and His witness with our spirit unless we were God'; 
children (Rom. 8:14, 16). If we i-eceive God's gift (Rom. 
6:23b) we have God's Word that we have life. 

We are not to rely upon our ever-changing feelings bu 
upon the never-changing Word of God (Matt. 13:31). TIk 
word "feeling" in connection with salvation occurs bu 
once in the Bible, speaking of those who are past "feel 
ing" (Eph. 4:19). But faith in Christ is mentioned threi 
hundred times. Feeling is the "fruit" and not the "root' 
of salvation. Until we trust there will be no peace. It i,i 
to those who obey that the blessing is given (Acts 5:32) 
We are not to go by our feelings but by the all-authori 
tative Word of God. 

Yes, we CAN "know" (1 John 5:19). There is subject 
five and objective evidence (1 John 3:14; 2:3). Assurano 
has to come by an understanding of the known promise 
of God. Assurance that is based upon emotions and expe 
riences is not stable. Introspection destroys our "lookinh 
unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith." Thi 

iNUARY 13, 1951 


cret of solving the "I" problem, and of cross bearing, 
to enthrone Christ in place of self (Gal. 2:20). Saving 
ith is to trust Chiist in the heart. It is to entrust our- 
Ives to Him. It is to hang the destiny of the soul upon 
;ch promises as Rom. 10:9, 10. It is to claim Christ, 
lieving that He is God's resurrected Son. Read 1 John 
9-13 again and again. More reading will diminish doubt, 
is a serious thing to doubt the Word of the Lord. It 
to make God a liar! Believe the written record. 

Closing Hymn: "Blessed Assurance." 

}omiiwuts on the Lesson hj the Cditor 

Lesson for January 21, 1951 

(Temperance Lesson) 

Lesson: .Mark 2:1-12 

\S THK POWER OF CHRIST appears in the lives of 
men, there always comes a growing hostility to- 
ard that power. Of course that hostility is engendered 
^ the powers of evil. And do not for one moment think 
lat these "powers of evil" are not great. What was true 
1 the time Christ walked the earth, in this regard, was 
ue in the .early years of man's creation, remains true 
I this very moment, and will continue as long as the 
i-esent age shall last. 

We are to think about the hostility that developed in 
le period of the life of Jesus that comes under our ob- 
!rvation in this lesson. In the printed text we meet only 
le story of the palsied man who was borne of the four 
■lends into the presence of Jesus. We meet only the cir- 
imstances which led to the hostility. We see the miracle 
erformed under conditions that are different from the 
3ual trend of such miracles. The man has been let down 
jfore Him. Jesus has said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," 
nd then exhibits the fact that He has the right, in Him- 
;lf, to say this, by the real healing of the palsied man. 
his dismays the Pharisees and the scribes. Mark does 
ot say anything about them, but when we turn to the 
assage in Luke that tells the same story (Luke 5:18fT.) 
'.e find Luke here recording the very thought of these 
len: "Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who 
m forgive sins, but God only?" 

Have you ever stopped to think how that which Jesus 
id and what He said, was a statement — very definite — 
lat He, "the Son of man," was God? The Pharisees had 
aid that only God could forgive sins, and they were 
ight; Jesus said. Is it not easier to say "thy sins be 
jrgiven thee," — (for any one can "say" that whether 
ley can do it or not; you can say it, I can say it, but 
lat does not rnake it so) — than to say, "Rise up and 
■alk?" And at His command the men arose, walked and 
bus vindicated Jesus in His statement. 

Now it never leaves a good feeling in the mind of any- 
one to be contradicted in what they say or think. Particu- 
larly was this true with the Pharisees, since they be- 
lieved they had the "last word" in interpretation of the 
scriptures. To them, Jesus' words were blasphemy; and 
His acts those of a mad-man. Thus the hostility which 
had been in the backfround hitherto, arose to an open 
hostile activity, and they (the Pharisees) set out to do 
away with Jesus, but realizing that they must move care- 
fully in order not to bring the wrath of the people down 
on them. 

Opposition practically always comes from those who 
do not understand, or who refuse to understand. Nothing 
dies quite so hard as the traditions of a people. How prone 
we are to say, "Well, I never saw it done that way be- 
fore," and, whether it is an advance on what has been 
done before, or not, it seems pretty hard to "give up." 

However it must have been very heartening to Jesus 
to hear the words of those who "were amazed and glori- 
fied God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion." 

Rightly understood, no one can long carry a hostile at- 
titude toward Jesus Christ. It becomes our opportunity 
and obligation to seek to "rightly divide the word of 
truth," and thus understand fully just what He means 
to us. 

Psalm • Its Use 

1. Men's meetings 

Public School Functions 

3. Armistice Day 

4. Evening Vespers 

5. Young People's Meetings 
For Protection 

S. Easter 

13. The sick, troubled, and afflicted 
15. A dedication 

19. Universal Bible Reading Sunday 
Outdoor Service 

20. W. C. T. U. and Other Social Service Groups 

22. Good Friday Service 

23. Children's Day 

26. Young people 

27. Comfort; Burial; Sickroom 

32. Penitence 

. Ash Wednesday 

33. Patriotic Meetings 

34. Farewell Service 

40. Prison Service • 
42. To Answer the Skeptical 
The Despondent 







Personal Counselling 


Upon Leaving on a Dangerous Trip or Mission 


Thanksgiving Day 

Harvest Home 


Thanksgiving Day 

Patriotic Holiday 


Prayer for Those in Places of Leadership 




Opening of Service 







New Year 


Brotherhood Day or Meeting 


(Bfith Portion) Christian Education 

Bible Study 



Installation Service 






Men's Meetings 


On a Journey 


Prayer Meeteing 

Holy Week 




Dedication of Musical Instrument 


above was prepared by Prof. Henry .Bates for 


in Old Testament. Ashland Theological Seminary. 

BAILEY-EXMEYER. On Sunday at noon of December 
17, 1950, at the residence of the writer in Mexico, Indi- 
ana, Mr. Henry Bailey of Burlington, Indiana, and Mrs. 
Alice Exmeyer of Peru, Indiana, were united in mar- 
riage. Mr. Bailey is a member of the Church of the .Breth- 
i-en and Mrs. Bailey is one of the loyal members of our 
Loree congregation. After a brief sojourn to Florida, they 
will make their home in Burlington. May heaven's choicest 
blessings attend them in this new relationship. 

C. C. Grisso. 

MILLER-PHILLIPS. Geraldine Miller, daughter of Mr, 
and Mrs. Joseph Miller, of Route 1, Marianna, Penna., 
was united in mai-riage to Ronald Phillips, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Abe Phillips, also of Marianna, in a beautiful can- 
dle-light service, on December 15, 1950. A wedding re- 
ception was held immediately following the ceremony. 
Both of these young people are members of the Highland, 
Penna., Brethren Church. Ralph Mills. 

ding in the Roann, Indiana, Brethren Church on Sunda;; 
afternoon, August 6th, 1950 occurred the marriage o 
twin sisters. Miss Mary Louise Miller and Lowell Clar] 
Alspach, and Miss Grace Louella Miller and Richard Le 
Teel. Before an altar banked with ferns and flowers vow 
were exchanged in a double ring ceremony. The bride 
were members of the Roann Biethren church. Mr. Als 
pach was a member of the Denver Methodist church, ani 
Mr. Teel of the Christian church of Peru. May the blesE 
ings of God be upon these young people as they wal 
together in life. 

DAVIS-OTTO. Clarence E. Davis and Miss June Ott 
were united in marriage at the home of the writer o 
August 13, 1950. They now reside in the Twelve Mil 

ALBER-OUTLER. On August 18, 1950 Miss Wilm 
Jean Alber of Tiosa and Billy OutLer of Gary were unite 
in marriage at the home of the undersigned. These youn 
people were attended by the bride's sister and husbamj 
The double ring ceremony being used. 

BALDWIN-KINTNER. Mr. Jackie Baldwin and Mis 
Mae Kintner exchanged wedding vows in a double rin 
ceremony at the home of the writer and Mrs. Maus o 
Friday evening, September 29, 1950. 

G. L. Maus. 

7<^e ^c^tafHent^ ^%c IRecu 

The American Bible Society, over a period of years, ha 
supplied millions of copies of Bibles, Testaments an 
Scripture Portions to the chaplains for distribution to %Y 
Sen'ice Personnel. A recent printing order of the Bib 
Society called for a half million Testaments, designed ti 
distribution to the Armed Forces through the chaplain 

Are the books read? "While I was in Japan I regularl 
visited the wounded Marines being evaculated fro 
Korea," wrote Chaplain Carroll M. Herson to the Bib' 
Society. "Several were young men who had attended o\ 
Bible study classes on our ship coming across the Pacifi 
They received Bibles or Testaments, published by yoi 
Society. It would have thrilled you, as it did me, to s 
the boys pull out their Testamenets from their pockel 
most of them smeared with mud and often bloodstaine 
as they testified to the power of God's Word to strengthti 
and sustain them in combat and particularly as they we 
wounded, some of them lying for a considerable time 
a filthy rice paddy or out under the hot sun of a parchu 

"Their Testaments were all they brought back. Pictur 
of wives, children, parents and sweethearts would be cat 
fully placed inside of the cover. When I would offer the 
a new clean edition for their old one they would lefui 
saying that the old ones had been with them through thi 
and thin and they wouldn't tliink of parting with it. 

"The Testaments and Scripture Portions are partie 
larly appreciated by the boys because a whole Bible 
often too heavy and bulky to take into actual combat." 

\.NUARY 13, 1951 




Recently we had a two-week Revival at the Berlin, 
innsylvania. Brethren Church (October 23 to November 
with Brother V. E. Meyer, pastor of the Nappanee, 
diana, Brethren Church, as the evangelist. It was truly 
joyful and blessed experience for all. 
The attendance each night, from the start, was excep- 
mally good, with a full house on each of the two Sun- 
ys. We were privileged to have delegations from sev- 
il of our churches, including Johnstown Second, Vinco, 
nes Mills, Meyersdale, Vandergrift, Summit Mills and 
e Sipesville Church of the Brethren. We were very glail 
r this interest manifested. Our organist. Miss Thelma 
ylor, and both of our choirs, Senior and Youth, were 
ry faithiful and presented special music each evening, 
e were also honored with a special number from the 
nco Church. 

Even though the visible results were not large, we 
aid feel a great upsurge of interest. Four adults came 
rward during the service to reaffirm their faith in the 
•rd Jesus Christ and to be baptized. Two weeks later 
XY more adults came forward either for reaffirmation of 
ith or for first time confession. These were also bap- 
ed and all eight were received into the church — mak- 
? a total of forty-one received into the church during 
50. For this success during 1950 we give God the glory. 
We feel that we were greatly honored in having Broth- 
Meyer as our evangelist. It is always such a great joy 
work with a consecrated man, such as Brother Meyer. 
! is one who loves the Lord and His work. I want to take 
is opportunity to thank you good people of Nappanee 
r being willing to loan your pastor to us for this meet- 
f. May God richly bless you in your work at Nappanee 
der the leadership of your good pastor, Brother V. E. 
;yer. Such consecrated men are needed in this troubled 
irld today. May God richly bless you. Brother Meyer. 

Percy C. Miller, pastor. 


First we are happy to report that our pastor and his 
fe are home, he being very much improved in health 
d being able to occupy the pulpit again. 
These have been busy days at the Roann Brethren 
urch, as doubtless they have been everywhere. The 
anksgiving and praise service, previously mentioned, 

IS nicely given by the Sunday School children both 

oirs participating. This service was concluded with the 
nual Thanksgiving offering. 

Sunday morning, December 3rd, the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society held its public service. Miss Eleanor Yinger 
of North Manchester College was the guest speaker. Her 
subject was, "Lest We Forget," and was most interesting. 
She closed her message by showing pictures of North 
Africa, Italy and Germany, taken while she was serving 
with the American Red Cross in the above countries. An 
offering was received for Benevolences and the Ashland 
College Seminary. 

Sunday evening, December 17th, the children gave a 
Christmas program, "When the Star Shone," which was 
followed by a candle light service, "The Light of the 
World," given by the Loyal Workers' Class. This class 
presented a program and gave treats to the men and 
women at our County Home. The Junior and Adult Choirs 
presented a Christmas Cantata, "The Child of Bethle- 
hem," on Sunday evening, December 24th, to an apprecia- 
tive audience. Miss Novella Yarian, director, and Mrs. 
Lucile Nicely, pianist, desei-ve much credit for their splen- 
did work and patience. 

The W, M. S., the S. M. M., the B. Y. F., and Lay- 
men's Organizations are working faithfully to attain their 
goals. Amid all the festivities though very spiritual, the 
church was ever mindful of her mission. One new member 
was received by letter since our last report. We are pray- 
ing that others will make the great decision as we near 
Easter, the day of our Lord's resurrection. What a blessed 

What will our record be? Something to think about 

Mrs. .Birdie Leslie, Cor. Sec. 


From October 30th to November 12th, it was my happy 
privilege to assist Rev. R. F. Porte and the Ardmore 
Brethren in a Revival effort. It was indeed two weeks of 
delightful experiences. 

Ardmore in membership and location might be consid- 
ered a i-ural church, even though it is at the edge of 
South Bend. In this sense it reminded me of several 
churches I have served in my past ministry. 

The Ardmore gi'oup are a loyal and faithful people 
and very friendly and hospitable. The church is located 
in a fast growing section of nice homes. There are many 
people that are unchurched. This will give the church a 
great opportunity for the future, and the church is be- 
ginning to realize this opportunity, and as a result they 
are reaching out in the community. Between the church 
and the South Bend Airport there are many new homes 
being built, and the church is reaching out in this sec- 
tion. Also to the southeast is a fast growing part of South 
Bend which is but a short distance from the village. A 
few new families have started to the church which wall 
enable them to gradually reach into other homes. 

We made our home with the Portes and we felt at home 
from the beginning. It was an ideal situation for we 
were next to the church and with each other whenever we 
felt the need of making special calls. We had the hap- 
py privilege of making around one hundred calls and 
found the people very friendly toward the church. We be- 



lieve contasts were made which will bring some fruitage 
to the church in the future. 

During part of our stay in the pastor's home, Mrs. 
Poi'te was called to Lafayette where their son is going to 
college, to help care for the new granddaughter. We had 
been going out for the dinner meals, but the church filled 
the gap and provided s,everal evening meals as well. 

I want to take this public way of saying "Thank you" 
to the Fortes and to the many friends made during the 
two weeks' stay at Ardmore. We believe the pastor and 
people are right now in a position to make some gains 
in membership and activity. .Because of their loyalty we 
believe they will see some great e.xp.ansions in their work 
in the near future. 

L. V. King, Elkhart, Indiana. 

When we make trouble for others we make it for our- 

Worthwhile Books 


Ashland College Reference Librarian 

Each of the books mentioned in this column may be pur- 
chased through the office of the Brethren Publishing 
Company at Ashland. 

Briggs, Argi/e M. "This, My Brother." Wm. B. Eerd- 
mans Company. 1950. $3.00. 
A delightful novel conogrning Josh Kenyon, the un- 
loved son of a southern Colonel who can see no one but 
his older son. Ran. Josh's bitter hatred of his brothei 
leaves with his conversion. An easy reading story that 
will hold your attention until the end. 

Sockman, Ralph W. "The Higher Happiness." Abing- 
don-Cokesbury. 1950. $2.00. 
The author presents studies of the virtues that Jesus 
upheld in the Beatitudes. The book shows the Beatitudes 
in a new light and helps us to see them as the way to 
the best in life. 

Lofts, Norah. "Women in the Old Testament; twenty 
psychological portraits." Macmillan. 1949. $2.50 
The more famous women of the Old, Testament are 
brilliantly sketched in short but vei-y interesting chap- 
ters. Some of those included are Sarah, Hagar, Ruth, 
Esther, and Deborah. 

Holu laiimen Help 

(Since many of our churches are rural or have manji 
rural peoples within them, we are glad for a series oi 
short articles which deal with the examination of the' 
rural problem by Ralph A. Felton, of the Department oi 
the Rural Church of Drew Theological Seminary. These- 
will appear from time to time as we find space foi|. 
them. — Editor.) | 

In a recent study of 341 rural or village churches lo- 
cated in 44 states and belonging to 23 different denomina- 
tions it was found that the men of these churches con- 
tributed 40 different types of labor gifts. 

In 12 % of the cases the contributed their labor to beam 
tify the church grounds. In 10 % of the churches the vol) 
untary labor of the men was used in building a new 
church or parsonage or in putting on an addition to tW 
old one. The 605 men who helped witih such constructioi 
in these 34 churches contributed an average of $79.31 ii 
labor per man or $1845.57 per church. This was overthret 
times the annual cash gift of the average Protestant. 

In 16 %of the churches the men made equipment foi 
the church school. 

The painting of the church or parsonage was one o: 
the most successful group projects for men. One-third o: 
the 341 rural churches used it. The 886 men thereby 
saved $10,734.00 for their churches. 

These voluntary labor gifts are described in a new bul 
letin entitled MEN WORKING. It contains 72 pages ano 
58 photographs of the men at work. The Rural Churcl 
Department, Drew Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, i 
distributing this bulletin on a non-profit basis for 31 
cents a copy. 

These labor gifts develop for the men a new pride ano 
a new loyalty for their church. 

— Department of the Rural Churcl 
Drew Thelogical Seminary 

We called on an old lady recently who is gradually losi 
ing her sight. She said she was now devoting her timi 
to memorizing passages from the Bible, particularly thijl 
Psalms, passages from Isaiah, and the sayings of Jesuf 
in order to have something to lean on later. She caiii 
quote Shakespeare, Tennyson, .Browning, and many othe 
poets, but she explained in time of real difficulty the; 
are not comforting nor do they hold out enough promise- 
which are often bridges between pain and relief. 


Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 3 JANUARY 20, 1951 




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Ileitis of general Interest 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum expresses his 
appreciation to his congregation for the splendid Christ- 
mas gift which they gave him. He says, "It \ not only 
a financial boost, but a boost to the morale in these times 
as well." 

Already the plans are in the making for the Community 
Christmas tree and program in the St. James Church. 
Nothing like being forehanded, is there? 

Cumberland, Maryland. Brother Bruce Shanholtz, pas- 
tor, says that there is a continued interest and attendance 
in their mid-week services, and that they had a very iine 
and inspiring Watch Night sei'vice on December 31st from 
11:30 to 12:00 o'clock. 

Masontiown, Penna. Brother Keeling reports that a 
Young People'.s Choir is being formed in the Masontown 
Church. This new choir will, no doubt, be of value to their 
coming evangelistic meetings. 

Promotion day was observed in the Masontown Church 
on Sunday, January 7th. Attendance has been very good 
in spite of the very bad weather. 

Cameron, West Virginia. Brother A. R. Baer reports 
that they had a very fine "Candle Lighting Service" on the 
closing day of the old year. The attendants then watched 
the old year out, vsdth appropriate services. 

Concerning the work of the church, he says, "Some- 
tim,es the attendance has been low because of the weath- 
er, but never before have all the churches of Cameron 
been closed on Sunday. The snow made it impossible to 

have services either in the Cameron Church or the Quiet 
Dell Church, in which latter place the sei"vices were called 
off for two Sundays. The tower sound system is being 
used to good effect. During Christmas week both the 
Adult and the Young Peoples Choirs sang. On Christ- 
mas day the chimes were used from noon till nine in the 
evening, being played on the hour during this time. 

Quiet Dell Church. This church is also served by Broth- 
er Baer. He reports that here the work was also ham- 
pered by the cold weather. The W. M. S. sponsored a 
Christmas Party for the families on December 22nd. ■ 

Fine gifts were given to each of the above churches. 
Brother Baer says that each church received two gifts: 
one of $50.00 and another of $10.00. 

Pittsburgh, Peniia. During the week of holidays between 
Christmas and New Years a skating party w,as held for 
all of the young people of the church and Sunday School. 

On New Year's eve the church sei-vices did not begin 
until 10:00 o'clock. 

Me.versdale, Penna. Brother W. S. Benshoff says that 
they had a very "lovely and satisfying dinner which was 
served to the members and friends of the Church preced- 
ing the Annual Business meeting on January 1st." 

"Christian Emphasis Week" has been observed in the 
Meyersdale churches from January 7 to 12, with the ser- 
vices being conducted in the various churches of the city. 
The sei-vice was in our church on Tuesday evening. 

Mansfield, Ohio. A card from Brother Elmer Carrithers, 
pastor, says, "On Friday evening, December 15th, five - 
more people were baptized and received into the church. 
Brother E. M. Riddle was with us last Sunday morning 
(January 7th) and brought an inspiring message." 

Akron, Ohio — Firestone Park. Brother J. G. Dodds, pas- 
tor, left us a copy of their new year book for 1051, con- 
taining their membership list. This list now totals 122, 
of which 94 are above the age of sixteen years. The total 
additions to the church during 1950 were 31, with a loss ' 
of four, which makes the net gain for the year 27. The j 
1950 attendance averages were as follows: Bible School — j 
97; Morning Worship — 73; Evening Worship — 44; Re- 
vival meetings — 62; Communion attendances: Spring — 54; i 
Fall— 45. 

West Alexandi-ia, Ohio. Brother H. R. Garland, pastor 
of the West Alexandria Church, tells us that the revival 
meeting which he was to have held in Udell, Iowa, in Jan- 
uary, had to be cancelled on account of the bad weather 
and road conditions. He plans to give them some time in 
the future. 

A new effort is being put forth to strengthen both the 
Adult and Youth Choirs of the West Alexandria Church. ; 
- Thirty-eight people enjoyed the Watch Night Service 
from 10:00 until midnight. 

Dayton, Ohio. A Family Night luncheon was held, with 
a covered dish supper, on Wednesday evening, January 
10th. This was held in connection with the first of "Ten 
Wednesday Nights in 'Evangelism" which Brother Whet- 
stone is conducting. 

Gratis, Ohio. The Woman's Missionary Society held i» 
"Household Demonstration in the church basement om 

(Continued on page 11) 

JANUARY 20, 1951 


ihe Points of a Qood Service 

WHAT SHOULD A CHRISTIAN Service accomplish ? 
It should lead the believing heart in worship to 
God, quicken his spiritual emotions, educate his mind in 
the higher realms of truth, bring him into closer fellow- 
ship with believers, teach him a new abhoiTence of sin, 
make religion seem beautiful, strengthen his high pur- 
poses, give him a new apprehension of the noblejiess of 
the Christian life, send him forth stronger for service of 
others, and restore to him, it may be, the joy of salva- 

Frequently complaints are made of the poor quality, the 
inappropriateness, the tediousness, and the unedifying 
character of services in churches. Surely here is a most 
important field for careful study and preparation on the 
part of ministers. There are men who have become high- 
ly educated and developed in these things, and who are 
truly masters of the service. 

But the preparation is not all the minister's business. 
His congregation should also feel the need to come to the 
sei-vice prepared to receive that which the minister has 
come to impart. The key word that should be remembered 
in connection with every worship service is "mutual help- 

A church service is not meant for entertainment, al- 
though many people go to church, sit through the service, 
depart from it as if they had paid out their good money 
to be entertained, and while going out the door at the 
close of the hour, let it be known, if not by word, at 
least by gesture, that they do not think they have received 
their money's worth. Such persons probably should have 
their five cents given back to them. 

The theme of any worship service can be other than 
that of old, "Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." 
If such a worship is a part of the one who came to wor- 
ship, then he is sure to say when he goes out of the door, 
"It was good to be in the house of the Lord," and that, 
even if he did not agree with all that the preacher said.. 

There is nothing so worth while in any life as the 
ability to make each and every sei^vice which he attends 
a successful service. I know a man who is constantly 
critical of the church services which he attends. He does 
not like the hymns that are selected; he does not like the 
text of the sermon — seems he could have chosen a better 
one for that subject; he does not particularly like the 
preacher's tie, nor the way he stands in the pulpit; he 
thinks that the choir slumps down in their chairs too much, 
or that they whisper during prayer. (I wonder how he 
knows they are whispering dtiring prayer? Did he have 
his owTi head bowed in reverence ? Or was he "looking" 
for something to criticize?) In fact, when he talks about 
the service, he is one of those "Yes, huts — " who agree 
with what you say but always has a counter-proposal. He 

is one of those who, when you say, "Wasn't that anthem 
fine this morning," will say, "Yes, but they were off key 
in one place, I noticed." And if you say, "Didn't the pas- 
tor preach an inspiring sermon this morning," answers 
by saying, "Well, it seems to be he missed a very im- 
portant point in his nxessage?" 

All of which is simply another way of saying that here 
is a case where the individual did absolutely nothing to 
help make the service a "good service." He probably sat 
all through it thinking up things that he might criticize 
when the time came. He is just about as bad as the indi- 
vidual who did not say anything about the service as he 
went out the door, but let it be known by his very actions 
that he got nothing from the service. 

But those who attend sei-vice are not all on the negative 
side. I once had a member of a church I served who never 
failed to tell me of the good things she found in the ser- 
vice as she departed after the meeting. It might have been 
just a word about a certain song that touched her heart; 
or a verse of scripture in the lesson for the morning; or 
a bit from the sermon — but never was there the least bit 
of criticism. She may have felt it sometimes, but she never 
uttered it. And I am sure that she always carried away 
from the sei-vice something that was helpful to her dur- 
ing the week that was before her. She was helping to 
make the service a "good service." 

I once heard a story which might aptly illustrate our 
thought. They were laying the foundation for the great 
railway terminal in Chicago. Two men stood watching the 
process. A windless was working above a hole in which 
great concrete piers were being prepared to grip the solid 
rock far down below, under the sand and the clay. As 
they watched the rope slowly came from the depths below, 
and one said to the other, "I wonder what they will bring 
up?" The other man replied, "0, just a bucket of mud." 
A moment later the windlass slowed up; a great muddy 
basket appeared and out of it stepped — a man! His clothes 
were stained to the color of the clay in which he had 
worked down below. 

Stained as we are by the contact with the world, we go 
out of that clay, stepping out of the work-day tasks, into 
the light of the seiwices of the church. The mud of life 
is forgotten in the issuing forth of a life which is made 
in the likeness of the Living God. That the reality of life 
as it is lived before the Lord is borne in upon us we 
must do our best to make each and every service in our 
churches a "good service." Are we helping to do so? 

Think it over! 

If thou wouldst live long, LIVE WELL, for folly and 
wickedness shorten life. 



Yleu) lestament Ghurch 

find Its Vrayer Life 

By the Late George S. Baer 

(Every once in a while we come across one of Brother 
.Baer's articles and we feel that they are worth calling 
to the attention of our readers. The following article on 
"Prayer" is calculated to make us think in this day when 
prayer is so needed. — Editor). 

the maintenance of the prayer life, both as a 
duty and as a glorious privilege. Jesus was shown 
to be a man of prayer, one who prayed not alone 
for His own benefit, but that He might thereby 
set an example for His disciples. 

Not only did Jesus give an example of prayer 
to His followers, but He gave certain instructions 
also, to such an extent that we too feel, with His 
disciples of old, the necessity of being taught of 
Him, how to pray. 

Jesus, in instructing the Church regarding its 
prayer life, not only gave instruction on ho\\' 
prayer was to be made, but also, and much more 
important. He is veiy insistent as to the "right 
attitude of heart" to be entertained on the part 
of the worshipper, if prayer is to be effective. If 
prayer is to be more than an empty form ; if it is 
to throb with life and power; if it is to accom- 
plish the desire of the heart — it must be more 
than lip service ; more than mumbling of certain 
petitions. Our hearts must conform to the words 
of our mouths or prayer will become as sounding 
brass: hollow, empty, meaningless. Consider the 
instructions of Jesus on this point: 

1. First in importance and order — faith is nec- 
essary. "Wherefore I say unto you, what things 
soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye re- 
ceive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11 :24) . 

Matthew records the same instructions in Matt 
21:22, "All things whatsoever ye shall ask im 
prayer, believing ye shall receive." 

Again Jesus assures His disciples, "If ye abide 
in me and my ivords abide in you, ye shall ask 
what ye will and it shall be done unto you (John 
15:7). All prayer and effort is fruitless without 
faith. It is ever true. When the disciples asked 
the Master why they were not able to cast the evil 
spirit out of the lunatic boy. He replied, "Because ■ 
of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you. If ye 
ha\'e faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say 
unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder 
place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be 
^possible unto you" (Matt. 17:20). Prayer may 
become a mighty instrument in our hands, if we 
have faith; it may make us invincible, for our 
power in prayer is dependent on the measure of 
our faith. Whatever we ask of our Lord, He re- 
plies as He was wont to do while here in the 
flesh, "According to thy faith be it done unto 

2. The heart must cherish no ill-feeling when 
it approaches God. "And when ye stand praying, 
forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your 
Father also which is in heaven may forgive you 
your trespasses" (Mark 11 :2.5) . This truth is also 
emphasized in the model prayer as recorded in 
both Matthew and Luke. All three of the synoptic 
writers report Jesus to have taught that the for- 
giveness of sins by the Father is directly depend- 
ent on our willingness to forgive others. Mark 
goes on to say (in 11 :26) — "But if ye do not for-; 
give, neither will your Father which is in heaven i 

JANUARY 20, 1951 


forgive your trespasses." The first prayer that 
any wayward child of God can make is a prayer 
for the forgiveness of sins. But if he have not the 
forgiving spirit in his own heart, his prayer will 
not be answered and the prayer life is impossible. 

3. We are to pray in the spirit of humiliti/. The 
heait must be free from pride and self-exaltation. 
This is brought forcibly to our attention by 
Christ's parable of the two men — the Pharisee and 
the publican — who went up into the temple to 
pray, which incident is too familiar to need re- 
hearsing (Luke 18:10ff). Our Lord concludes His 
story by the striking and challenging statement 
that "everyone that exalts himself shall be abased ; 
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." 
The spokesman of the apostolic group echoes this 
same truth, which he had doubtless learned 
through bitter experience. "Be clothed with hu- 
mility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth 
grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore, 
under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt 
you in due time" (1 Peter 5:5-6). 

4. Prayer must be made in utmost sincerity and 
not for the sake of creating an impression. In 
Matthew 6:5-8, Jesus warns against hypocrisy 
such as was common among the Pharisees, against 
the making a show of prayer and using vain rep- 
etitions. They were rather to enter into their own 
private rooms and pray secretly to their Father 
who would find them in their secret places. They 
were also to pray in subdued voices and in a sim- 
ple manner, for God was not hard of hearing, nor 
was He attracted by many and loud-sounding 
phrases. The sincere soul will be heard of God. 

5. Again Jesus taught His disciples to pray 
earnestly and persistently. Both Matthew (7:7) 
and Luke (11:9) report these striking words of 
the Master, "Ask and it shall be given unto you, 
seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened 
unto you." Thus there is to be not only the ask- 
ing of petition, but the seekhig of earnestness, 
and the knocking of perseverance. God's delays in 
answering prayer are not always meant to be re- 
fusals ; sometimes they are meant to test the ear- 
nestness of our desire and the perseverance of 
our faith. "And he spake a parable unto them to 
this end, that men ought always to pray and not 
to faint (Luke 17 :1) . That means earnestness and 
persevei-ance, for men will not persist in prayer 
and refuse to weaken in their desire and interest 
unless they are greatly in earnest. 

The spirit of deep earnestness is what Jesus 
sought to encourage by his parables concerning 

the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) and the inhospit- 
able friend (Luke 11:.5-11). Both of these per- 
sons represent by contrast the unselfish desire 
and eagerness on the part of God to give to all 
His children every good thing which their souls 
need. But the suppliants in each case display the 
spirit of importunity which should characterize 
the Christian in prayer to God. The importunity 
is valuable for us, and not to coax God to do some- 
thing that He does not want to do, for by our 
persistent pleading we oftentimes are brought in 
til the will of God, so that He can give us 
what we desire. 

This is a hard lesson in prayer, and Jesus did 
not depend on words alone to impress its impor- 
tance upon our minds; He set the example of im- 
portunate prayer in Gethsemane. "And being in 
agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat 
was as it were great drops of blood falling down 
to the ground. (Luke 22:34). 

There may be other heart attitudes which 
might be mentioned as taught by Jesus ; our study 
is not exhaustive. But these are certainly in evi- 
dence and are vital to successful prayer. Just as 
important is it that men shall come to God in the 
right spirit as that they shall come to Him at all. 
Just as true and prevalent is it today as when 
James (5:3) pointed out the fact, "Ye ask, and 
receive not, because ye ask amiss." It is important, 
therefore, if prayer is to be for us more than u 
reflex benefit ; if it is to be, as our Lord intended 
it should be, a mighty instrument in our hands 
for the accomplishing of God's will in the world, 
then the expressed desire of the apostles must 
become for us a heart-agonizing prayer — "Lord, 
teach us to pray." 

Gioe WW\\e \ou Can 6/oe 

A rich man said to his minister, "Wliy is it everybody 
is always criticizing me for being miserly, when every- 
one l<nows that I have made provision to leave everything 
I possess to charity when I die?" 

"Well," said the minister, "let me tell you about the 
pig and the cow. The pig was Uimenting to the cow one 
day about how unpopular he was. 'People are always talk- 
ing about your gentleness and your kindness,' said the 
pig. 'You give milk and cream, but I give even more. I 
give bacon and ham — I give bristles and they even pickle 
my feet! Still nobody likes me. I'm just a pig. Why is 
this?" "The cow thought a minute, and then said, 'Well, 
maybe it's becasue I give while I'm still living.' " — Ex- 



;4%e 7iJe s^o^Ck^ ^ime? 

Rev. Bruce C. Shanholtz 

"I must work the woi^ks of him that sent me while it 
is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." 
John 9:4. 

has said, "If we can't do big things, we ought to 
learn how to do small things in a big way." God for- 
bid that I should boast or brag of anything that I try to 
do for Christ and the Church: it is for the Lord. 

First of all, we notice the theme is a question. As we 
look into this wonderful passage that fell from the Mas- 
ter's lips, I pray that every Christian, every child of God, 
each of us, will ask himself the question, "Am I really 
using the time God has allotted to me as He intends 
I should?" 

As we look around the world at the multiplied millions 
that are living in sin, we can readily answer the question, 

recalled. It keeps moving on and on. Things done right 
must be done at the light time. 

Jesus knew that His death was impending, and that 
His time for doing works of mercy was short. Note the 
way the disciples approached Him as to the blind nxan's 
condition. "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents 
that he should he born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither 
this man nor his parents hath sinned but that the works 
of God should be manifest in him. 1 must work the works 
of him that sent me while it is day; the night cometh 
when no man can work." Jesus is saying, and the mes- 
sage is for us, that the hours of life are few and limited, 
and there is a task for every hour; if we neglect our op- 
portunity for service it will be lost forever — night or 
death will come and our work will never be completed. 
The specific task for that hour was to open the eyes of 
the sufferer. Our Lord does not attempt to explain the 
mystery of pain. He wishes to say to His disciples in all 

Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz is pastor of our Church 
at Cumberland, Maryland, having been installed in 
this pastorate in April of 1949 by the members of the 
Southeastern District Ministerial Examining Board, 
composed of Brethren Miller, Locke and Fairbanks, 
who accepted his credentials from the Church of the 

He had united with the Church of the Brethren at 
the age of fourteen; was elected to the position of 
Sunday School Superintendent at the age of sixteen. 
When he was tioenty-nine years of age he was called 
to the ministry and loas licensed to preach on Febru- 
ary 9, 1943, being ordained to the Full Gospel Minis- 
try on May 15, 1944. In 1948 he was asked to act as 
supply pastor for our Cumberland, Maryland, Breth- 
ren Church, and as noted above, became their regular 
pastor on April, 1949. 

Brother Shanholtz is married and has two children 
— Kenneth, aged fourteen, and Lois, aged ten. 

"Are we losing time?" in the affirmative. The majority 
of the world is not only losing but wasting this valuable 
thing God has given us called 'Time." 

Why did God give us Time? It is answered in Revela- 
tion 2:21 — "And I gave her space, to repent, and she re- 
pented not." God is the great giver — He gives life and 
food and happiness to all His creatures. He gave to man 
an erect body and a noble soul. In view of everything He 
has given the human family, isn't it strange that so many 
would refuse the one in the Scripture just referred to — 
Space, time to repent? 

Time is a strange thing. Let us think of some of the 
important lessons it should teach us. 

First of all, time never moves backward. It cannot be 

ages that the sight of human suffering should not sug- 
gest a theme for speculation, but a call to service. "All 
have sinned and come short of the glory of God." "Tliere 
is none righteous, no, not one." 

And now, here comes the message for the disciples, 
and even the ministry and the church of today. "As long 
as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." But 
soon. He says, I am going away; soon I will leave you. 
How the thought of it pierced their souls; they could not 
understand. Recall His words in the Sermon on the Mount, 
"Ye are the light of the woiid. Let your light so shine 
before men that they may see your good works and glor- 
ify your Father which is in heaven." 

The time is soon at hand that Jesus must depart out 

JANUARY 20, 1951 


of the world, therefore He calls their attention to their 
important task of "being the light of the world." When 
God sent His only begotten Son into the world, He gave 
Him a work to do. And in doing that work He did not 
spend much time upon negative things. No, He did not 
spend His life in trying not to do wrong. He was too full 
of the earnest love and longing to do His Father's will. 
As He walked the hills of Judea, the streets of His home 
town Capernaum, and the shores of Galilee, He was never 
guarding Himself, but was always invading the lives of 
others with His purity. His holiness. And now that pure, 
spotless and holy life of His — that life of ministering 
love — is meant to be the pattern for the lives of all of 
those who call themselves His followers. 

Genuine spiritual religion does not end in acts of wor- 
ship. It will spur men to effort for the good of others, 
to do the work of God. Such was Christ's life here. He 
not only prayed, engaged in acts of devotion — He 
preached the gospel to the poor, fed the hungry, healed 
the sick, relieved the wretched and went about continually 
doing good. To please Him it takes more than Sunday 
worship: our songs of praise and adoration. It takes a 
life of humble service and devotion to a life of good 
works. But some will say that the life that He lived, and 
the good works He did among the suffering and hungry 
multitudes, was for that day, and not for this day. They 
will also say that it is neither possible nor needful. 

Personally, I believe and know it is. I shall take Christ 
at His word. Follow the apostles and see what they did 
for poor, suffering humanity. Look at Peter and John 
as they were enteiing the Temple at the hour of wor- 
ship. Look at the poor sufferei' as he sits at the Gate 
called Beautiful, begging alms oi those who enter. Notice 
Peter's invitation to him. "Look on us! The point is this, 
look away from material things. Look at Christ shining 
through our lives. And now the thought comes to us of 
the songs that we sometimes sing, "Can the world see 
Jesus in me?" "Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me; 
all His wonderful passion and purity. Oh, Spirit Divine, 
all my natuie refine, till the beauty of Jesus be seen 
in me." Read the third Chapter of Acts and see what 

There are many other miracles the apostles did and 
God, in His miracle working power, has not been inac- 
tive since the miracle working of Jesus and His apostles. 
All down through the ages, even in this twentieth cen- 
tury. He has been working miracles in the lives of those 
who sincerely believe and trust in him. I firmly believe 
in miracles, else I would not deal with the text as I have. 
There are several in my own personal experience and 
that I have witnessed that I could refer to if time would 

But let me think of another kind of suffering, that 
of physical hunger and thirst, .always remembering the 
words of Jesus, "Blessed are they that do hunger and 
thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." Our 
love for Christ must be a love that moves us to action 
when we see our fellowmen in need. We need not look 
across the ocean to see this condition. In many places it 
is right at our door or just across the street. In I John 
3:16-18 we have these words, "Hereby perceive we the 
love of God because he laid down his life for us and we 
3ught to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso 

hath this world's goods and seetli his brother have need 
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him^ how 
dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let 
us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and 
in truth." Jesus tells us, "If we give a cup of cold water 
in His name, we shall not lose our reward." 

The Church of the Brethren has led Christendom in 
showing to the world what can be done through the 
church for poor, suffering humanity. The Brethren Ser- 
vice program has indeed been a worthy and worthwhile 
one. If tlie world is saved from comraunism, it will take 
more than armea forces. The people of God must awaken 
to the world's great need, which is Christ, The Light of 
the World. 

My last thought is found in I John 3:8. "He that com- 
niitteth ?i!i is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the 
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested 
that He might destroy the works of the devil." 

— Cumberland, Maryland. 

Did You Ever 

Did you ever hear of a man who lost his job because 
he was a total abstainer? 

Did you ever hear of an insurance company that of- 
fered reduced premiums to drink addicts? 

Did you ever hear of a woman saying, "My husband 
would be the best man in the world if he would only 

Did you ever hear of a man who could drive a car 
with more safety if he took a drink of alcohol before 
starting out ? 

Did you ever hear of a railway engineer who stood bet- 
ter with his employers if he drank? 

Did you ever hear of an Arctic explorer who stocked 
up his supplies with liquor in order to keep warm? 

Did you ever hear of a child who complained because 
his daddy did not come home half -drunk? 

Did you ever hear of a man who objected to his daugh- 
ter's marrying a man because he was not a drink addict? 

Did you ever hear of a woman complaining because 
her husband spent too little time in the public-house in- 
stead of spending his evenings at home ? 

Did you ever hear of a murderer on the gallows de- 
claring that his abstinence practices led him to his pre- 
dicament ? 

Did you ever hear of a man who beat his wife and 
thrashed his baby because- he was sober when he came 
home ? 

Did you ever hear of a house-owner who charged high- 
er rentals because a public-house had been set up next 

Men used of God and led by the Lord are safer to fol- 
low than our untried opinions. 

Insist on having the wit to discover what is true and 
the fortitude to practice what is good. 



The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 

Christmas G^editations 
7rom Garkida, Africa 

"Through the tender mercy of 
our God the dayspring on high 
hath visited us; to give light to 
them that sit in darkness and in 
the shadow of death, to guide our 
feet into the Way of Peace." 
Luke 1:77-79. 

At this Christmas season I find, upon examining my 
heart, feelings of great joy, hope, faith and gratitude. 
But they are feelings mingled with sorrow and heartache. 
Also I find thoughts and plans for the New Year and 
remembrances of the closing year. 

There is indeed joy at this blessed season for the "day- 
spring on high has visited us"; there is joy for the gift 
of salvation through the Christ Child; there is joy that 
light has come to shine in this great, dark land. 

There is hope because the way to peace and the abun- 
dant life still remains open to this part of the world. 
The Holy Spirit is at work in the hearts of people and 
Christ, even at this moment, is praying for those that shall 
believe on Him. 

And there is faith to believe that God shall continue 
to call out and send forth workers "into the fields white 
unto harvest," and that those who hear His call shall 
speedily answer His call and follow His leading. 

Great is the gratitude in my heart for the gift of the 
Christ Child and for those that around the world and 
in this part of Africa bring to Him the gifts of hand, 
heart, mind and soul. The light of Christ has brought 
freedom from sin, disease and superstition. 

But alongside these feelings that rejoice the heart come 
feelings that sadden the heart. The multitudes about us 
which still sit in darkness and are under the shadow of 
death sadden the heart unspeakable — God's created, with- 
out 3 Savior; sheep, without a shepherd; sick unto death, 
without a physician. 

Around the world as well as here the Christmas sea- 
son brings feelings of joy; of hope; of faith; of grati- 
tude because people have come to know and worship the 
Christ. But our hearts fairly ache because of the vast mil- 
lions which have not yet heard of the Christ Child and 
how can they come to worship and adore Him? 

As the year draws to a close there comes a great sense 
of gratitude for the work that has been accomplished 
through the power of the Holy Spirit and also a great 
realization of the task that remains undone. We do ear- 
nestly pray that the New Year will yield a greater har- 
vest than of the passing year. In faith we plan to push 
into new areas taking light and hope to those that have 
not heard about Christmas. The way is not entirely clear 
but in faith we shall go forward for He shall go before 
us. He shall "guide our feet into the Way of Peace." 

Veda 'C. Liskey. 

^ ^ ^ 

by An African Christian 

Tlie meaning of Christmas to me is this: It is the 
greatest day in all the world for on that day God our 
Father gave to all people of all tribes Jesus Christ His 
only begotten Son that He should become the gift of life 
to all people. He brought peace to the people of the woi'ld 
and taught them to love their enemies. He has increased 
joy, peace and love between mother and child; between 
father and child. Even today the lame and sick are healed 
and saved through His love because God was not selfish 
with Jesus, but gave Him to each of us that we might 
have salvation and joy and peace through Him. At Christ- 
mas God planted the divine love of Christ in our hearts. 

Bumwa Zoaka, 

Garkida, Nigeria. 


EVERY BELL properly constructed and played produces two principal sounds: the 
strike note that is positive and ti'ue, and the hum note, sustained and melodious. 
In an acceptable bell these two tones are in perfect harmony. Like a bell the child 
of God must give forth the strike note of consistent testimony, and the hum note of 
consistent living. There must be no discord, no unequal emphasis. When these two 
forms of witnessing are in proper relation to each other there is delicate blending 
which issues in the music of life. — Selected. 

JANUARY 20, 1951 


iSetter from President ©rushal 

From Rosario, S. Fe., Argentina — J. G. Drushal, Pres- 
ident of the Missionary Board, writes that he had an un- 
sventful trip to South America via Buenos Aires. He re- 
ports that his "stop-overs" in Rio de Janeiro and Monti- 
ifideo weie most profitable. A Presbyterian Pastor in Rio 
a^ave him an over-all picture of Brazilian missions. He 
also was able to compare it with Argentina. He says also, 
that in Montivideo a day was spent with Methodist mis- 
sionaries, who were very helpful. Besides these, he says 
ae had an extremely valuable conference with the direc- 
tor of the Argentine Mennonite work. He was welcomed 
ay brethren Zeche and Byler. At the time of his writing, 
i special conference with workers and leaders was al- 
ready designated. 

He was planning to spend Christmas in Cordoba. 

His date for arrival home is January 8 at Cleveland 
lirport. We can expect a very interesting report upon 
lis return. 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming. Word has been received from 
Cheyenne that their attendance is up substantially over 
;he same period last year. The spiritual status is the best 
;ver and contributions have increased. New homes are 
represented each Sunday and new families are becoming 
nterested. The church is looking forward to what will 
Drobably be the greatest year thus far in its history, 
rhe Cheyenne church is located at 2600 E. 12th Street, 
me of the favored locations in the city, as restricted 
juilding is starting and the coming summer will see many 
Deautiful new homes to the east, north and south of the 


"And when the young man heard that saying, he went 
iway sorrowful, for he had great possessions." Matthew 

The Rubicon was a river separating Caesar's province 
)f Gaul from the Roman homeland. When Caesar crossed 
;he Rubicon he had definitely made up his mind to become 
;mperor of Rome. Since that day, "to cross the Rubicon" 
neans to make up one's mind to a definite course of 

Where does this saying fit into our purpose? Just here. 
^t often happens that a person's possessions are the Ru- 
)icon which separates him from full surrender to the 
Dhrist, as illustrated in this story of the rich young ruler. 

Possessions in themselves are neither good nor bad. It 
s when they are associated with a moral being that their 
ise is determined. A dollar bill lying by itself will neither 
lo harm nor good. When it is picked up by a person, it 
Jegins to have value. What happens depends not upon it, 
3ut upon the kind of person who is using it. It may be 
ised to hann and destroy. It may be spent for clothing, 
'ood, to relieve suffering, or placed upon the offering 
Jlate at the church to help extend the kingdom of God. 

But sometimes when folks acquire wealth, it takes on 
n-ime significance. Friends, church, God — all are forgot- 
ten. It is this sort of thing which Jesus condemned. 

It became clear that this young man's possessions had 
become the foundation of his life. Jesus' question might 
be phrased, "What do you prefer, spiritual excellence or 
temporal possessions?" Such a question touches the 
springs of character. The young man went away sad be- 
cause he loved his wealth more than spiritual greatness. 
He wanted riches to be the foundation of life, and all else 
must be built upon and serve that. 

We cannot have that which is temporal and on the lower 
level and expect that which is spiritual and higher to 
play down to it. We must seek the spiritual and the 
higher, and draw all else up therewith. The controlling 
force within man governs life, and happy is that man who 
is controlled by Christ. 

In .effect, Jesus said to this young man, "Your life is 
wrapped up in your possessions and in your wealth. Be- 
fore you can attain to the higher life you must sell what 
you have. You must change the center and motive force 
of your life." 

Riches and religion are not inconsistent any more than 
it is inconsistent to have loved ones and wealth at the 
same time. The mere possession of wealth does not make 
a man sinful any more than the possession of a few Chris- 
tian graces makes a man Christian. 

The crux of the whole matter is here: When one's na- 
ture is centered on wealth, when it is the mainspring of 
character and the moving force of life, it is sinful. When 
a life is centered on the Christ, when our Lord's will ia 
the mainspring of character and of the spirit of God is 
the moving force of life, our possessions become good. 
For they then become dedicated to the service of God. 

To some men in this world there are given talents of 
many kinds. Some have wealth. Some have great power 
of intellect. Some have much influence. Some have gifts 
of various kinds. God has made each of us stewards of 
some blessing. Used properly they are of great benefit to 
man and God. With souls dedicated to the Christ, all that 
we have will likewise be dedicated to Him. 

Crossing the Rubicon of complete surrender to the 
Christ is the greatest and most far-reaching decision we 
can make. When that is done the soul does not ask, "How 
much of my wealth can I give to Christian objectives," 
but "How much of my wealth have I, as a Christian, a 
right to keep for myself?" 

No one goes away sorrowful when all is dedicated to 
tlie Christ. — Lutheran Layman. 


If the magi should grant me three tvishes, 
Now ivhat would I choose? Let me see — 
For I'd not wish to waste my good fortune, 
And choose my three gifts foolishly. 

I could ask, if I wished, of the magi. 
Great beauty, a gem-studded crown; 
I could ask for the key to a castle 
That some day loould fall tumbling down. 

But I think I should ask for these riches: 
An alert, eager mind to be wise; 
For a heart understanding and friendly; 
And for vision with clear-seeing eyes. 

— Joy AUeson. 



National Sunday School Association Page 

H. H. Roiosey, President 

■ ' ^r » i » » W'» « > » V ^ 

Tlie fflaster Treacher 

By Dr. L. E. Lindower 

(Dr. Lindower is Administration Division Superintend- 
ent of the National Sunday School Association of Thu 
Brethren Church and Professor of Education in Ashland 
College.— H. H. R.) 

fashioned teachers the best? Are all modem teach- 
ers unchristian? Would Jesus' methods of teaching- be 
practical for today ? What if Jesus were a school teacher ? 
Why can He be called the Master Teacher? 

There was a time when it was thought that the best 
teachers were those who employed the methods of the 
old Gei-man militarism. For example, a Prussian school 
teacher, about 1750, kept a record of fifty-one years and 
seven months of teaching, consisting of the ingenious pun- 
ishments he inflicted. There were 911,527 blows with a 
cane, 124,010 blows with a rod, 20,989 blows and raps 
with a ruler, 136,715 blows with the hand, 10,235 blows 
over the mouth, 7,905 boxes on the ear, 1,115,800 raps on 
the head, 22,763 notabenes (assigned readings for pun- 
ishment) with LBible, catechism, singing book and gram- 
mar; 777 times he had made boys kneel on peas; 613 
times on triangular pieces of wood; he made 3,001 wear 
the "jackass"; made 1,707 hold the rope up. He had about 
3,000 expressions to scold with: two-thirds in his native 
German tongue and the remainder his invention. 

Neither Jesus nor the modern teachers go in for this 
type of activity in teaching. Nor do they copy the hum- 
drum memorizing and unison chanting that character- 
■ ized the Rabbinical schools of Jesus' day. Here are some 
of the principles we learn from Jesus' teaching which are 
also considered good for effective teaching by modern ed- 

L Begin with familiar things — proceed from the known 
to the unknown. The old teacher Comenius said the order 
for effective teaching was "things — ideas — words." Go 
through the familiar parable of the sower, and find just 
this thing: "A sower went forth to sow, and as he sowed, 
some seeds fell by the wayside." Perhaps his hearers saw 
the familiar farmer sowing his seeds across the way, 
and recognized the well-known types of soil. When His 
disciples came asking why He taught in parables, He 
said, "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the 
Kingdom of Heaven." — Simplicity, yet effective teaching. 

n. Recognize the worth of every individuaL There was 
never any individualized teaching like that of Jesus. Out- 
standing was the time when the Scripture reads, "He must 
needs go through Samaria." There at Jacob's well he met 

a woman whose worth He alone recognized. She became 
a missionary for Him — effective learning. 

in. Provide interest-activity. Pupils learn most through 
their interests. The teacher ought to know and use pupil- 
interests. Compare the Master Teacher when he ap- 
proached the fishermen and said, "Come ye after me and 
I will make you fishers of men." That lesson was suc- 
cessful too — they came immediately! He might have said, 
if He had been like some tiresome teachers, "I am start- 
ing a class in a new philosophy which is going to turn 
the world upside down — won't you join?" Imagine the 
response! He appealed to their first interests and gave 
them something to do. No teacher can do better. 

IV. The best learning comes through personal experi- 
ence. Jesus never said, "You watch me and see how this 
is done right." But He sent His disciples out two by two 
to do imperfectly what He could have done perfectly. 
Would we dare suggest that these disciples had a "func- 
tional" seminary training? 

V. Teaching is concerned with the whole life. Jesus ; 
Himself grew in a four-fold way. As the Master Teacher, \ 
He was concerned with more than their minds or their 
spirits. He was concerned that His disciples and He should 
rest. When the multitudes had been without food He fed 
them out of compassion. Recently "Life" magazine in- 
cluded a heading which many modern teachers do not i 
like: "THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND." When the 
teacher tries to appeal only to the mind, he loses it. He 
may have the body, but the mind wanders. Every part I 
of life is affected by every other, and the teacher must i 
act accordingly. 

VI. The teacher is responsible for the truth. Unfounded 
tradition, superstition, propaganda, must be honestly and 
fearlessly challenged. Jesus openly criticized His enemies 
for putting their man-made traditions in the place of! 
God's Tnath. He said, "Ye shall know the truth and the ' 
truth shall make you free." 

The good things which modern education has found are 
not new. They are just thinking the thoughts of the Mas- 
ter Teacher after Him. Too bad that many fail to recog- 
nize their dependence on the Master Teacher. 

Death is not to the Christian, what it has often been 
called, "paying the debt of nature"; it is rather bringing^ 
a note to the bank to obtain solid gold for it. You brings 
a cumbeisome body which is nothing worth, and lay it 
down, and receive for it, from the eternal treasures, lib- 
erty, victory, knowledge and rapture. — J. Foster, 

JANUARY 20, 1951 


Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

January 10th. They also have planned a "Hope Cliest" 
which will run throughout the year. 

.Brother W. S. Crick has been asked to head the Gratis 
iivision of the "March of Dimes." 

Brother Crick gives a summary of the Gratis work for 
1950 as follows: "Baptized, confirmed and received into 
■ellowship — 14 new members; Conducted 10 funerals and 
assisted with two more; solemnized 6 weddings; made 
552 pastoral calls." 

Bryan, Ohio. Our Church in Bryan joined with two other 
;hurches in the city in the observance of "Seeing the Old 
if ear Out." A covered dish supper was served at 10:00 
j'clock, which was followed with "hymn singing, a spe- 
;ial number from each of the three churches, and a mes- 
sage by one of the pastors." 

North Georgetown, Ohio. Brother Robert Hoffman, pas- 
;or, says, "The Signal Lights might be small, but they 
ire mighty. During the past six months they have gath- 
;red together $20.00, which they are sending to Rev. 
Archie Martin, a former pastor of the North Georgetown 
Jhurch, for his Boys' Ranch in southwestern Iowa." 

The new slogan of the North Georgetown Sunday 
School is "101 by the End of '51." That means also 101 
jeople at the regular worship services as well. 

Brother Hoffman reports the White Gift offering to 
)e $53.25. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. E. Meyer says that, "Our 
Dhristmas Cash Day was very successful. The total giv- 
ng was $2,368.55. Our goal was two thousand dollars, so 
we went far over the top. It still proves that God's peo- 
ple still believe in the work of the church and its im- 

The Optimist Class has purchased an amplification sys- 
tem for the church. It is hoped that the facilities of this 
system may soon be extended to the basement. 

Peru, Indiana. Brother J. M. Bowman is seeking to or- 
ganize his men into a singing group. They are practicing 
)n Sunday evenings after the services. 

A Three-part Watch Night service was conducted by 
,he Peru Church from 9:00 to 12:00, consisting of singing, 
:'un and a sacred program. 

Elkhart, Indiana. .Brother L. V. King announces the 
lates of their revival 0S January 31st to February 11th, 
mth Rev. J. H. Melton, of the Extension Staff of the 
'Sword of the Lord," as evangelist. 

Brother King also reports the addition of a family of 
:hree by letter on December 24th. 

College Corner, Indiana. We are in receipt of a letter 
;elling of the Christmas paity which was held by the 
fried and True Sunday School Class on Wednesday, De- 
cember 27th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Everd Sweet. 
)V gift exchange was made by the thirty who were pres- 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
the date of their revival meeting as of March 5 to 18, 

with Brother J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Firestone Park 
Church of Akron, Ohio, as evangelist. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Tuesday night, Januai-y 9th, was work 
night in the Waterloo Church. The basement got a "dress- 
ing up," according to Brother Spencer Gentle. 

Morrill, Kansas. Brother Robert Bischof, pastor, reports 
the election and installation of their new Sunday School 
and Church officers for 1951. 

Prayer meetings are still being held in the homes of 
the various members of the church. 


No, we are not trying to assume the chant of the rag 
man. We are simply passing on to you the word of our 
Business Manager, Mr. Donald Bums, who says that the 
supply of rags is getting low in our stock room. We are 
suggesting that you may have received some new clothes 
for Christmas and are contemplating the "throwing away" 
of your old ones. We can use any amount of good, soft, 
buttonless, clothing, or old curtains, not too heavy, for 
the use of our press room. Here is an opportunity for 
Missionary Societies and Sisterhoods to do a good piece 
of work by sending us boxes or bundles of old rags. It 
saves the Publishing House considerable money. 


The Sergeantsville and Calvary Brethren 
Churches of New Jersey are without a pastor. Will 
any Brethren Minister, who may be interested in 
this circuit pastorate please contact either of the 
undersigned church secretaries ? 

Ida S. Leigh, Sergeantsville, New Jersey 

Vianna Hackett, Hampton, New Jersey. 



(OK = tQ» 

STAHL-DENNER. In the First lE. U. B. Church of 
Shanksville, Penna., on Saturday evening, December 18, 
l'.lbO, Mr. Eddie C. Denner and Miss Sarah E. Stahl were 
united in marriage by the undersigned, who had been in- 
vited from his Ohio pastoi'ate for this impressive double 
ring ceremony, which was read before a large number 
of relatives and friends. It is worthy to note that this is 
the third in this family of four children that this writer 
has united in marriage, having united the bride's two 
brothers in their marriages while pastor of the Valley 
Brethren Church, of which church the bride is a member. 
The groom is a member of the E. U. B. Church. The 
writer was assisted in the ceremony by Rev. Peterson, 
pastor of the host church. A reception was held in the 
basement of the church. 

H. R. Garland, West Alexandria, Ohio. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topica copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for January 28, 19.51 


Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Matt. 4:18-22 
(Beginning of Christian Endeavor Week) 

The week opens with a call to individuals to a dedica- 
tion of life to Christ and Christian living. 

Pagan ideologies and isms are bidding youth to accept 
their way. 

The call of Clirist must be made in a clear and unmis- 
takable nianirer. 

Decisions should be sought. 

The day will be marked as Denominational Day in many 
churches, with the use of special programs provided by 
their Youth Department. 

Topic for February 4, 1951 


Scripture Lesson: John 1,'5:1-17 

For The Leader 

WE HAVE .BEFORE US tonight the passage of scrip- 
ture where Jesus speaks of the close union between 
the believer and Christ and God. In this passage Jesus 
also speaks of fiuit bearing, saying that love is the key- 
note of service. He speaks also of the way in which Ho 
chooses those who will serve Him. Oftentimes our failures 
in service stems from the fact that we have not studied 
the terms and methods of service. It is to be said for sure 
that when we yield ourselves to Christ's terms of service, 
that victory is ours. And so, Christ calls. Many times, 
in fact most of the time, we serve in faith believing. The 
results are so small that we wonder whether or not we 
are making any progress at all. But when Christ is with 
us, the long run life of seivice will prove victorious. To- 
night we want to learn the secret of abiding in Him in 
our Christian life of service. 


1. VITALITY IN SERVICE. Picture a tree in your 
mind tonight. Note its strong limbs, its heavy tnank and 
the small, frail, but important twigs and leaves. Note how 
it all fits togethei' to make a beautiful tree which will 
bear good fruit. Jesus said that He was the main part 
of the tree, and we. His servants, are the branches, upon 
which the fruit shall grow. He pictures the heavenly Fa- 
ther as the One who cares for the tree and the fruit. Jesus 
insists that vitality in service comes from the branch abid- 
ing in the vine. Cut a limb off the apple tree, plant it 
in the ground, water it all summer, protect it during the 
winter, and next summer what will you have ? Apple 
blossoms followed by luscious big apples? You will not! 

Yet the branches which remained on the tree are groan- 
ing under their fruit. Never forget this little secret of 
successful Christian living. We must keep in fellowship . 
with Christ through prayer, Bible study and church fel- 
lowship if we are to stay alive as a Christian. 

2. CUT OFF AND CAST IN A FIRE. What did Jesus 
say about those people who did not bear fruit for Him? 
What did the Husbandman do in the vineyard when he 
found a branch that was not bearing fruit. He cut it off 
and cast it into the fire -Where it was burned. Some people 
will tell you this isn't so. But a simple reading of this 
passage of scripture will show you that when you get 
lazy in your Christian life, you're going to lose it. If you 
have no desire to do things for Christ, then you will be- 
come withered and dry. That this is true is borne out by 
viewing the lives of thousands of people. These people 
used to be in the church. They used to worship faith- 
fully. But now they are never seen in the church. We ask 
why. Simply because they did not do anything in the 
church. They gave miserly, if at all. They refused every 
job that was offered to them. They didn't do their work 
when they did have a job. So, by their very own acts they 
condemned themselves to loss. 

3. TO BE CHOSEN BY CHRIST. It is a wonderful thing 
for the "Lord to lay His hand on me." To be asked to 
do something for Christ and the Church, and then do it 
well, trusting in Him for strength. It is a terrible thing 
if "the Lord done laid His hand on me," and I do noth^ 
ing about it. Yes tragic results are forthcoming for people 
who should be working in the Church and for Christ, but 
who are not in the least bit interested. But, to be chosen i 
of Christ to serve Him is -the highest honor that can come ^ 
to a Christian on earth. Christ chooses men of the farm, | 
the shop, the school, the business world, to serve Him. 
Some He calls to specific things such as the ministry. : 
Others He calls to be faithful witnesses in their secular 
jobs. We should be in such a fellowship with Him that 
when He does choose us for a work, that we will hear 
and answer. "When He calls me I will answer, I'll be 
somewhere, list'nin' for my name." 

4. LOVE, THE KEY-NOTE. How much does it cost 
you to do a kind act for a fi-iend? Even if it takes much 
of your time and money, you say it "isn't anything." Yet 
if you were called upon to do something for one who ' 
was not your friend, you would find it very hard to do. 
You would complain about what it cost you in time and < 
money. Perhaps what you did for the one not your friend 
took less of your time and money than that which you 
did for your friend. Yet one evoked much complaining ] 
while the other was done without murmur. Why ? You ! 
loved your friend dearly, while the other person you did | 
not. We can carry this over directly into our sei'vice for 
Christ. If we love Him, we will do anything He asks 
us to do. And we will do it without any complaint. 

5. JOY IN SERVING HIM. If we love Him we will 
sing with joy as we serve Him. Picture Jesus walking by 
our side one day. As He walks He talks with us. He tells 
of how much He loves us (in His Bible when we read it). 
He tells us that He needs young people to do work for 
Him. And thus as we hear Him speak to us, we yield 
ourselves to Him, saying that we will do or go anywhere 
He wants us to do. So, in the days that follow, we meet: 
Him and we keep check with Him, and He with us. The 

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lays are filled with work, song and joy. He is our 
;trength and power. He is our keeper and provider. Why 
lot sing a song of joy? We are in His will, we are abid- 
ng in Him, and thus we produce good fi-uit for Him. So, 
s'hatever He wants us to do, let us do it with a willing 
leart and a joyful heart. Christ calls! Let us answer Him 
md say we will dn whatsoever He wants us to do. 

Prayer IHeeting 

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'You say. 

Give up my Christ. Who died for me, 
Who saved my soul and made me free, 

A member of His family — 
Give up my Christ — for what?" 

The same Satan who made our Lord many offer,s 
Matt. 4:2,3, 5, 6, 8, 9), makes offers and added offers 
every Christian to give up Christ and eternal life 
Rev. 3:11). Whoever sells out to Satan sells out too 
heap (Matt. 16:26). .But whoever sells out to Jesus 
iiakes a good bargain (Matt. 19:29). 

"You say, 

Give up the Book that shows God's face, 
His matchless love and marvelous grace. 
His plan to save a fallen race — 
Give up the Book — for what?" 

The truly enlightened and faithful soul will keep God's 
A^ord (Rev. 3:8), and will not sell out to Mariolatry and 
alse cults who twist God's word to their own destruc- 
ion (2 Peter 3:16). 

"You say, 

Give up the Church founded by Him, 
Who died to save and cleanse from sin. 
Who asked us to remember Him — 
Give up the Church — for what?" 

Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it (Eph. 
):25, 26). To forsake the Church on any ground whatso- 
!ver is to become unfit for the kingdom (Luke 9:62). The 
nan who neglects the Church neglects himself. All are 
;o labor to purify and edify the Church (Eph. 4:1-4, 12- 

'I say. 

What do YOU offer in e.xchange 
For answered prayer in Jesus' Name, 
For Christ who hath the power to save 
And give us life beyond the grave ? 
For hope of meeting loved ones there. 
For peace of soul and joy so rare. 
For Book that shows the way to Heaven, 
For Church where fellowship is given — 
What can YOU exchange— for that?" 


Here is the correct answer to the above question — 
Rom. 6:23! 

"All that you offer — wealth and fame, 
Tlie social whirl with pleasures vain. 
Are only dross, a hopeless gain — 
Should I exchange — for that?" 

Satan is in the market for your soul! What is your 
price? Is it a besetting sin? What is the mortgage you 
have agreed to let him plaster on your soul ? Wealth 
(Luke 18:24)? Pleasure (1 Tim. 5:6)? Popularity (Matt. 

"Exchange my Christ for cocktail gin. 
Two bleary eyes, a silly grin. 
For fun that crackles as of tin — 
Exchange my Christ— for that?" 

Demon drink (1 Cor. 6:10)? Foolish jesting (Prov. 14: 
24; 24:9; Matt. 12:3ff) ? 

"Exchange my hope for social gain 
Which crumbles with its tarnished name, 
For gold which vanishes like rain — 
Exchange my hope — for that?" 

Politics (Matt. 27:17-24)? Possessions (M.att. 6:19-21)? 

"Exchange my peace who lives with me. 
For vanity, unholy glee, 
For sleepless nights of miseryy — 
E.xchange my peace — for that?" 

Take Ahab as an example here (1 Kings 21:19-26). 
Ahab sold Naboth to blood, and himself to blood, also. 
Till the prophet came, he was as happy as a murderer 
could be! (Eccl. 12:8, 13, 14). 

Lesson Hymn: "Have You Counted the Cost?" 

(The poetic lines in this lesson were taken from Flor- 
ence Dolby Wolfe's poem entitled, "Exchange — For 

Gomments on the Lesson hij the Cditor 

Lesson for January 28, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 4:1-2, 26-34 

JESUS WAS RECOGNIZED as a "teacher" by those to 
whom He came. These Jews, while they "received him 
not" as their Messiah, did not hesitate to call Him 
"teacher" — "Rabbi." When Nicodemus came to Him by 
night, he said, "We know that Thou art a teacher come 
from God ..." The two disciples who were directed by 
John the Baptist, and who followed Jesus along the way, 
said, when He asked them what they wanted, "Rabbi, 
(which is to say being interpreted, Master) where dwellest 
thou?" And when He spoke to Nathanael, (see John 1:45- 



50) N.athanael said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; 
thou art the king of Israel." Also, when the crowd fol- 
lowed Him around the Sea of Galilee (John 6:25), they 
said to Him, "Rabbi, when camest thou hither?" 

He was generally recognized as a teacher and when 
they realized that they could also recognize Him as "The 
Great Teacher," they were more ready to listen to His 
teachings and believe on Him. 

Jesus was an expert in teaching by parables. Indeed 
Matthew goes so far as to say (Matt. 13:34), "All these 
things spake Jesus in parables; and without a parable 
spake he not unto them ..." He knew that if they were 
interested in His teaching and were anxious to know more 
about it, they would return to ask questions about what 
He had said. He spoke to them concerning earthly things 
in order that He might teach them concerning heavenly 

Earlier in the 13th chapter His disciples had asked 
Him why He spoke in parables. Note His answer, "Be- 
cause it is given urtto you to know the mysetries of the 
kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given." In 
Matthew 25:34 He says, speaking of the sheep who have 
been separated from the goats, "Then shall the King say 
unto them on his right hand. Come, ye blessed of my 
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the 
foundation of the world ..." And in Luke 12:32 we find 
Him saying, "Fear not, little flock; for it is the Father's 
good pleasure to give you the kingdom." 

It is quite plain that when Jesus taught concerning 
"the kingdom," He was not speaking of one that was of 
the world— worldly; but ra,ther of a spiritual kingdom, 
which was to be built up in the lives of men. A kingdom 
always must have four things: A land, a law, a people 
and a king. In the case of the "everlasting kingdom" 
(Peter speaks of it in 2 Peter 1:11), the land is that 
which the Father is preparing for us; the law is that which 
is "written on the heart, and not on tables of stone"; the 
people are God's "called out ones"; and the King is our 
"King of kings and Lord of lords." 

But while the kingdom is a "heavenly" kingdom, it is 
to be begun in man's heart here on this earth. The Lord 
was really teaching about the kingdom when He gave His 
disciples what we are all prone to call "The Lord's 
Prayer"; (We prefer to call it "The Our Father" and re- 
serve the designation "The Lord's Prayer" for His great 
high priestly prayer as it is recorded in John 17). In the 
opening words of "The Our Father" Jesus says, "After this 
manner pray ye. Our Father which art in heaven, hal- 
lowed be Thy name; T'hy kingdom come, Thy will be done, 
as in heaven, so on earth." Have you noted what Jesus 
says, "Thy kingdom come ... as in heaven, so on earth!" 
In other words, we are praying tlrat that which is within 
us, as a part of the growing kingdom, be in the same re- 
lation to God here on this earth, as it is in heaven. 

The study of the kingdom is very interesting. Take a 
good Bible concordance and turn to the word "kingdom." 
Now follow the passages in the New Testament that are 
given. It will be both enlivening and instructional, for 
you will have a new view of what Jesus meant when He 
referred to the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven. 
He taught that it exists; we must live it. 

God has a plan, a heavenly blue print of every truei 

I destroy, crush, and give nothing, but take all. I am 
your worst enemy, avoid me. — Neglect. 


I would like to report a contest that the Bible SchooE 
of the College Corner, Indiana, Brethren Church just com- 
pleted on Sunday, December 31st. It is a report that 1 
believe is worthy of mention; not that I am in favor of| 
running contests just to create interest and of giving: 
of rewards to stimulate an interest in such a contest, 
but occasionally, when a contest can be conducted to ac- 
complish a given objective, such as carrying the Bible to- 
church, of Bible Reading, or the memorizing of Biblei 
verses, I believe such a contest is commendable. 

It is just such a contest that I wish to report — the Biblei 
Reading period that was suggested for churches fromi 
Thanksgiving to Christmas. I announced from the pulpit 
the Sunday before Thankgiving the importance of this 
period of Bible reading. After the service some of the con- 
gregation said to me that they were going to read asJ 
much of the Bible as possible by the close of the year.} 
A meeting was then called with the Bible School Board,! 
to make a Bible Reading Contest. However, though wej 
then decided to give a reward to the one reading the mosti 
verses, and also to the runaer-up, we did not tell thej 
Bible School about this until nearly the close of the con- 
test. We did not want them to read all they could just 
to win a prize; we wanted them to read God's Word for 
what it was intended, and I sincerely believe that a great 
many did read it with that objective in mind. So here 
follows the results of our contest. 

Mr. Hugh Truss of the "Golden Rule Class" was the 
winner, reading 17,116 verses, this class leading the Bible 
School in verse reading for a total of 25,236 verses. Mr. 
Charles Trent of the "Wide Awake Class" was runner-upi 
with a total for the class of 19,665 verses. The "Triedi 
and True Class" followed in class reading for a total of 
7,308 verses; the Juniors — 5,485; the Sunbeams II, next 
with 3,134; Young Crusaders — 1,485; the Sunbeams I — 
860-^bringing the total verses read to 63,216 by an aver- 
age attendance in Bible School of 83. 

The Superintendent, J. C. Draper, and the teachers of 
the classes, Miss Miriam Bowman of the winning class; 
Mr. Lee Sweet of the second place class; Mr. Hermaiw 
Hood of the "Tried and Ti-ue"; Mrs. Edna Hood of the- 
Juniors; Mrs. Berneal Collins of the Sunbeams II; Mrs 

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largaret Stout of the Sunbeams I, were all very cooper- 
tive, for which we are very grateful. 

The winning prize was an 18 by 22 inch picture of 
allman's "Christ at the Door"; and the second prize a 
eautiful oval wall mirror with scripture verse. Mr. Hugh 
'russ placed the picture that he won in their Class Room, 

very beautiful gesture. 

Ernest Minegar, pastor. 

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The early descent of winter changed my personal plans 
Dr going to the Loree Church. I had planned to drive to 
.shland, Ohio, on November 27th and spend the night 
'ith the Dean Stuckeys and proceed on to Loree for the 
pening of the meeting Nov. 28th. The meeting opened 
lat night, as scheduled, due to the grace of God, but I 
ot there by a different route and method than I had 

When travel by car was definitely established to be ini- 
ossible, and the radio broadcast the appeal to motorists 
ot to try to come into Ohio, I called brother Ed. Miller 
y long distance telephone that Monday morning, and 
3und that he had been thinking about me. He promised 
le that if I would come by train they would meet me at 
laPaz, Indiana, Tuesday morning. So I gathered my stuff 
nd drove the Pickup truck to Martinsburg, W. Va., in 
rder to catch the B and "Columbian" at 6:59 Monday 
ight. The further north I went the more winterish it be- 
ame, until the last 20 miles to Martinsburg was over 

All the night, when I would awake and gaze out the 
indow there were snowy scenes in every city. In the 
lorning the countryside looked beautiful, but definitely 
old, as the train swept along through such familiar 
laces as Nappanee. But the sun came out that Tuesday 
lorning, and my ride from LaPaz to Peru, with the Mil- 
;rB was one memorable for its beauty. Each tree trunk 
till had its white coating showing the direction the snow 
ad come. Snow always fascinates me, if I am just look- 
ig at it in comfort as I was then, and not stuck in a 
rift or a ditch. 

The weather as everybody knows stayed "unusual" most 
f the time from the Thanksgiving weekend until Christ- 
las. The meeting was somewhat handicapped by it, and 
he attendance of some visiting delegations was prob- 
bly affected thereby. But the attendance of our Loree 
eople averaged slightly over a hundred. Of course the 
ood Sunday audiences helped these statistics. There was 

fair group of faithful, who never missed a service, in 
pite of weather, or that far more significant factor, in 
ndiana: Basketball. 

The people seemed very appreciative, and good listen- 
rs. Their fine attention and interest was a real encour- 
gement to the visiting preacher. I had been told by several 
f my brethren in the ministry that I would find some 
f the finest Brethren in the nation here at Loree, and I 
id. This is one of the most attractive country parishes 

have ever been in. The church is situated in a wide open 
eld, free of competition of other denominational gi'oups. 
t is in an area of excellent farming land with lovely farm 

T was never better cared for anywhere in a meeting 
than here. The people seemed to naturally abound in kind- 
ness. My homes during the meeting were with the Shinns 
the first week and the Kunkles the second week. In each 
of these pleasant places the hospitality left nothing to be 
desired and likewise, in each home we visited in, we were 
made to feel "at home." Marvelous meals upheld the high 
standards of the culinary art as practiced by Brethren 

The church is now temporarily without a resident pas- 
tor, but this has in no wise depressed the enthusiasm of 
the people. The attendance has not fallen off, and loyal 
interest in the church and soul winning is high. 

During the meeting the place of the entertaining pas- 
tor was ably filled by Rev. Austin Gable, pastor at Den- 
ver and Center Chapel. Himself a product of this church, 
he served as song leader during the meeting. Brother 
Gable is a very friendly man to work with, and he and 
his fine family showed me many kindnesses. A number 
of his people attended one or more of the services. 

It was good to have several of the Indiana ministerial 
brethren come to help us by their presence and prayers. 
Among these were the Rev. J. Milton Bowman and his 
excellent helpmeet who were most helpful and gracious. 
They are doing a wonderful work for the Lord at near- 
by Pei-u and the church, and community in general, seems 
to appreciate them and their Christian testimony. 

Brother Bowman was able to supply us with a fine pro- 
jector by means of which I took the audience on an ex- 
tended tour of the Holy Land. This instrunient he bor- 
rowed from the head of the visual education department 
of the local High School. His father. Dr. Isaac D. Bow- 
man, was with us one night. It is always an inspiration 
to have Dr. Bowman around. His wonderful life and 
prodigious labors have been blessed of the Lord in bring- 
ing into the Brethren fold over five thousand baptised 
converts. This is a record unequalled by any other man 
in our church's history. He is one of the charter mem- 
bers of the Mt. Olive Brethren church which I serve. At 
its beginning he helped cut and haul the logs to the saw- 
mill which were used in building the present house of 
worship. He is the real founder of the church if any single 
person is to be so designated. 

Brother C. C. Grisso and Mrs. Grisso also came one 
night as did the Moderator of the General Conference, 
Rev. E. J. Beekley and his wife. Brother Beekley also 
favored us with a solo. The local Church of the Brethren 
minister attended two nights as did Brother Vern Steuber 
of the Immanuel Fellowship. 

The one thing I do not like to report is that there was 
no great ingathering. Only one person came forward at 
the Gospel invitation. However, there were others xmder 
conviction, we know. May the prayers of the saints, and 
the work of the Holy Spirit, yet bring them into the king- 
dom of our Lord and Christ. And may the Lord enrich 
and bless the lives of all these new found friends who 
showed one of the least of His servants such manifold 
kindness and gracious generosity. May He who owns all 
bless you with every good thing, and may you all be 
found always abounding in the work of the Lord, and en- 
joying the prosperity of the Spirit. 

John F. Locke, Maurertown, Va. 


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GENEROSITY has marked the giving of the Brother- 
hood through past years. Your offering this year 
should be no less generous than in former years. A 
$5,000.00 offering is not too much to ask in the face of rising 
costs. You will better understand the need when you continue 


NCREASED costs of materials and labor make it im- 
perative that the offering be kept on the high level 
again this year. For instance, in the matter of paper 
costs. We use to print the Evangelist, the Quarterlies and the 
Woman's Outlook alone, approximately 2.5,000 pounds of paper. 
Tliis has increased in cost from 914 cents per pound last year, 
to 13 cents per pound as of the present time, and another in- 
crease is in sight. This increase alone is costing us $875.00 more 
than last year. Then 

VARIOUS parts of our machinery become worn by use. 
These must either be replaced or new equipment pur- 
chased. All material's, especially inks, have risen in 
price. And, since these extra costs mean extra dollars necessarily 
spent, we must continue to call for a large Publication Day 
Offering from the Brotherhood. IF 


VERYBODY will do his or her best, we can easily go 
over the top in this Annual Offering. We made it last 
year! Help us to do it again this year! The Offering 
may be sent individually or given through your Church when 
the offering time arrives. Any Sunday in January may be con- 
sidered Publication Day. Never do less than your best! 

The Brethren ?\M\s\\m(^ Com\iaw\^ 

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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 4 JANUARY 27, 1951 j 

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Ashland, Ohio 


J. E. Stookey, President Myron Kimmel, Vice-President 
J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 



Rev. E. M. Riddle Rev. W. S. Crick 

Rev. DyoU Belote 


Rev. Henry Bates, Church Methods 

Rev. D. B. Flora, Brethren Doctrine 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 

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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks reports the hold- , 
ing of a dedication service for one of the little children 
of the church on the first Sunday in the New Year. 

The Washington Youth Committee sponsored its first 
Teen-age Party recently. A number of young people were 
present to enjoy the evening. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says that he had 
the privilege of attending the inauguration of the Hon. 
Theodore R. McKeldin as Governor of the State of Mary- 
land, recently. The Governor is very friendly to our church, 
having been guest speaker year after year at our Lin- 
wood Church at Homecoming time. He has promisel 
Brother Ankrum to speak at the St. James church at some 
future time. 

The St. James Church Moderator, Brother Myron 
Blume, a member of the Maryland House of Represen- 
tatives, has been honored by being made Vice Chairman 
of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the House. 
He is also assistant majority floor leader. 

We learn from Brother Ankram's bulletin of January 
14th of the passing of Mrs. Gertrude Leedy Briscoe, of 
Okeechobee, Florida, on December 7, 1950. Mrs. Briscoe 
will be remembered as a former National Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society General Secretary. 

Oalk Hill, West Virginia. Brother Smith F. Rose an- 
nounces the election of new church officers, with H. A. 
Duncan as Moderator, and Ollie Foy as Church Clerk. J. 
A. McKinney is the Sunday School Superintendent. 

The Oak Hill Christian Endeavorers are being reorgan- 

ized, and they are now recognizing the different age j 

Berlin, Penna. We note the following interesting figures 
in Brother Percy Miller's 1950 report to his congrega- ; 
tion: Members added: by baptism — 37, by letter — 4, total I 
— 41; Members lost: by letter — 3, by death — 4, total — 7; | 
Net gain in membership — 34; Total membership — 404; 
Children dedicated to the Lord — 20; Communion attend-! 
ances: Spring — 233, Fall— 231; Average attendance:: 
Morning Worship (52 services) — 168, Evening services* 
(37 services) — 115. | 

Wfi also note that Brother Miller has again been called i 
for a period of pastoral service up to September, 1954. ' 

Brother Miller says that he, together with Brother N. i 
V. Leatherman, pastor of the Johnstown Second Church,! 
held a worship service for the Brethren at Waynesboro, j 
Penna., on Tuesday evening, Januarj' 16th. The Waynes- j 
boro people have expressed a desire to set up a place^ 
of worship. 'j 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Elmer! 
Keck says that their Thanksgiving offering was $5,011 
higher than that of last year, and that the White Gift of-i 
fering toppel last year by $21.50. j 

.Brother Keck suffered a sudden attack of laryngitis! 
and was unable to preach on January 7th. But his good' 
wife came to the rescue and spoke in his place. 

We note that the special offerings for all causes in thei 
Valley Church, including their evangelistic meetings,! 
amounted to $685.12 for the year 1950. 

Johnstown, Penna., Second. Brother N. V. Leathermar'! 
is seeking to find out the choice hymns as shown by a 
canvass of the congregation. Each one is requested to lisf 
the ten hymns that he or she thinks the best. When the, 
lists are all in, the ten hymns receiving the highest num- 
ber of entries will be used in a special Sunday evening; 

We note that Brother and Sister George H. Jones hav( 
arrived in Stockton, California, after a journey of 3,70(i 
miles. Brother Jones is acting as supply pastor of thi 
Stockton Church for the next three months, at leastj 
Brother Charlie Johnson recently resigned as Stocktoil 

Brother Leatherman says that in spite of the weathe: 
during the fourth quarter (and it was some weather 
there were eight of their Sunday School that attained thi 
Honor Roll for perfect attendance. 

Uniontown, Penna., Brethren Church. The followin; 
notice was received from Brother Ralph Mills, pastor o 
the Uniontown church: "Our church officially change^ 
the .name of the church from the Second Brethren ChurcJ 
to The Uniontown Brethren Church, and we vrish it so ani 

The card also said, "Brother W. C. Blough, Vice Presi 
dent of the Pennsylvania District Laymen's Organizatioi 
spoke to our congregation on Sunday evening, Januar 
14th. He presented a very challenging and informativ 
message. We wish to commend Brother Blough to othe 
churches in the District that are interested in organizin 
a Laymen's Group." 

Ashland, Ohio. The three Christian Endeavor Societic' 

(Continued on page 11 1 

(^NUARY 27, 1951 


Tot/ Vistols and Grime 

CAME ACROSS a short article in an exchange maga- 
zine which was titled, "A Study of Toy Guns in Their 
elation to Ci'ime." I want to quote two paragraphs from 
lis article, and then "think with you a little about the 
hole matter. These paragraphs read: 
"Cops and robbers,' 'Cowboys and Indians,' 'Stick-up 
len and the FBI' — these are games familiar to Ameri- 
m children and youth, and the end, in many cases, 
to pave the road to acts of crime. The movies, the 
idio programs, the comic strips, and, unfortunately, the 
(difference of many parents, sets up a mental condition 
hich does not help the moral stamina of the young. 
"The essence of it all is that criminals or near-crim- 
lals (those who stay within the letter of the law but 
iolate its spirit) becomes the heroes and heroines whom 
le young people copy. When the FBI was formed some 
uarter of a century ago, J. Edgar Hoover hit on an idea 
lat would help lessen, if not wipe out, youthful devilment 
nd crime if the growing generation were given heroes 
nd heroines who represented law and order and decency 
1 the community instead of the reverse. Thus the eo- 
illed 'G-Man,' meaning 'Government Man,' became the 
lodel for children and youth. The gangster was toppled 
•om his throne." 

But somehow the emphasis seems to have been changed, 
or example, just last week, as I returned home from the 
ffice at the close of the day, I was suddenly confronted 
y two boys whose combined ages would not exceed ten 
ears. They were well "aiTned" with pistols and machine 
uns; black masks covered their eyes and their faces car- 
ied that peculiar slant which caused their words to come 
rom the side of their mouths in true gangster style. 
This is a stick-up," came from the elder, a bouncing lad 
f six. "Yeth iths a stick-up," echoed the little three year- 
Id. Of course, when I assumed a fierce look and started 
Dward them, they turned and ran, and my life was safe 
ar the moment. 

This is but one incident in the thousands that are be- 
ig enacted over our country day after day. A whooping 
owling mob of youngsters come tearing up the street 
1 close pursuit of another equally "whooping, howling" 
ang of erstwhile bandits. Nothing too harmful in the 
cene, it seems, for it is the ever-present game of "cops 
nd robbers" in which both boys and girls indulge. But is 
: so innocent as it seems ? 

One little boy was recently heard referring to his little 
irl playmate as "his moll," and another group were hav- 

ing a quarrel as to who should be the "cops" and who 
the "robbers," with the preponderance of desire being 
to become the "robbers." 

And, on a newscast just last night (January 15th) it 
was reported that two boys, aged six and eight, broke 
into a closed tavern in Des Moines, Iowa, and when caught 
very calmly stated that they wanted to see a certain 
television program and they had simply broken into the 
place in order that they might do so. 

In the "Clip Sheet" which comes to my desk each week, 
I found this arresting statement, "What about crime ? 
It costs us fifteen billions of dollars a year, we are told. 
The revelations attending the hearings of the Kefauver 
Committee exhibit to the nation the vast complex of vice 
and crime, violent and corrupting. Is there nothing we 
can do to bring these evil men under control ? Strangely 
enough, few of them are even Americanized; they live 
ind act entirely outside the American way of life, prey- 
ing upon it, but accepting it at no point." 

The astonishing low age at which boys and girls be- 
come criminals is appalling. And what causes it? Where 
16 the seat of the trouble? Is it lack of parental super- 
vision? Is the church responsible? Can we place the 
blame entirely on the movie, the radio, the television and 
the comics? Wherever the fault lies, isn't it about time 
something is done about it? In the case of the boys who 
"held me up" the other day, did not parents know that 
they were thus playing? Had not they bought the "toy" 
guns and the mother made the "masks" they were wear- 
ing? In all probability the parents had never paused to 
think what influence might be brought to bear upon 
their young impressionable minds and lives. Now just 
suppose that one of these "Child bandits" had, by chance, 
found his father's "real gun" and had decided to substi- 
tute it for the "imitation" one! I might not be writing 
these lines today, for, as they turned and ran they were 
"firing" over their shoulders and I could hear the "click, 
click" of the imitation hammers falling on the imitation 

"What these children were doing," the average per- 
son says, "was just a game they were playing." But let 
it be remembered, it is only one simple step from "play" 
to " "grim reality." We have a grave problem to cope 
with in just this one phase of child-life. What are we do- 
ing to help solve this most vicious problem that confronts 
us on every side? If you are the parent of a small child, 
you face this very problem in his rearing. 

Think it over! 

J^ REMEMBER: This Is Publication Oifering Month 



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Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Luke 23:43 

CHRISTIAN ASSURANCE is one of the most glorious 
certainties of the Christian faith. The wording of 
Christ's promise to the dying thief leaves no room for 
questioning or doubt. Without entering into a discussion 
of the reasons for the thief's timid petition for a place 
in the Lord's thought and plans, the account makes it cer- 
tain that Christ's answer to His appeal left no occasion 
for doubt in the petitioner's mind. The Lord did not equiv- 
ocate or hesitate in making reply, but with direct frank- 
ness gave to the suffering malefactor the certainty of 
receiving the boon he had requested. There is no "maybe," 
or "I think perhaps," or "possibly," but the "I say" of 
positive assurance. There is absolute certainty in the 
Lord's reply. 

The promise which the Lord gave to the penitent male- 
factor had a two-fold significance. While not specifically 
stated, still there was in it the gracious promise of the 
abridgement of his suffering. If he was to be with the 
Saviour THAT day in Paradise, then his pain could not 
last longer that till death should remove him from that 
suffering. Whether the robber interpreted this implica- 
tion of the promise or not we do not know; but at any 
rate that would naturally follow as a sequence. One thing 
was CERTAIN, Jesus promised more than the robber re- 
quested. And the fulfillment of the promise waited not on 
some future contingency, but "TODAY thou shalt be 
with me in Paradise." And, too, there was the promise 
of fellowship with the Lord Himself; "TODAY thou shalt 
be with ME in Paradise." It was not going to be merely 
a case of the Lord thinking of the poor sinner at some 
future time when He had entered into the full possession 
of His Kingdom and Kingly prerogatives, but THAT DAY 
he should have FELLOWSHIP with his Redeemer. 

Just what the robber expected is uncertain, possibly 
that there would come the long trance of unconsciousness, 
and then the awaking in some intermediate state to wait 
God's call for the soul to enter into judgment, with the 
wrongs of life all righted, and then Jesus would be Lord. 
And then, have a thought of me. 

No matter what the hope may have been, the answer 
far exceeded the depth of the petition. The prayer was 
great, but the answer was greater still. It could be that 
the robber did not understand the full significance of the 
term "Paradise," but there was no occasion for misun- 
derstanding the force of the words "with Me," and that 
was enough. If the penitent's prayer was like a river, the 
Saviour's answer was as a great sea. 

The Christian faith is one of ASSURANCE. The Lord 
repeatedly gave to His followers words of assurance. 

There is the assurance of His Abiding Presence. In Hisi 
parting message to His disciples the Master gave them 
a "Great Commission — the evangelization of the world — • 
and concluded His message with the Assurance of His 
Abiding Presence, "And Lo I am with you always, eveni 
unto the end of the age." 

Then, too, there is the Assurance of Answered Prayer. 
Hear the Lord insure the answer to prayer: "If ye abide' 
in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye. 
will and it shall be done unto you." There are conditions 
to be met, but the answer is absolutely assured, "It shallil 
be done unto you." 

And again there is the Assurance of Peace. "Peace I 
leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the 
world giveth give I unto you." What soul has not had a 
longing for peace steal over it, and the peace which He be- 
stows passes understanding. 

Still another Assurance that belongs to the Christian 
is that found in Second Corinthians 5:2: "For w.e kno\ 
that, if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dis : 
solved, we have a building of God, a house not mad'l 

ANUARY 27, 1951 


vith hands, eternal in the heavens." Here is the Assur- 
ince of a Heavenly dwelling-place. And if that were not 
nough we turn to that beloved fourteenth chapter of 
ohn, where the Saviour leaves that superb declaration 
if purpose, when He cheers His followers with the nvem- 
rable promise, "I go to prepare a place for you, and if 
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and 
eceive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may 
le also." This Assurance has brought comfort and quiet- 
ess to many a troubled, sorrowing soul. 

The last of the Assurances mentioned has also an ac- 
ompanying promise, which is doubtless the greatest of 
11 the Assurances of the Word. This is the Assurance of 
he Lord's Return: "And if I go and prepare a place for 
ou, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that 
/here I am there ye may be also." 

Beside the one just mentioned there is, by implication, 
Iso the one Assurance of our text here also — that of Fel- 
3wship with the Lord — "There ye may be also." Compan- 
Dnship! Not generally do men domicile together without 
aving companionship. Christ would have it so, not be- 
ause He would encourage us, but because He would have 
ompanionship with us. 

And among all those rich Assurances that still remain 
1 the Word of God, I would mention still another; "My 
race is sufficient for thee." How much we all need the 
race which is vouchsafed unto us in this Assurance. And 
ow abundantly will our Lord provide for us if we but 
laim the promise! 

And so we hear the words come ringing down through 
the centuries, filled with eternal assurance: "I am the 
resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though 
he were dead yet shall he live, and he that liveth and be- 
lieveth in me shall never die." 


Under an Eastern sky, 
Amid a rabble's cry, 
A Man went forth to die 
For me. 

Thorn-crowned His blessed head, 
Blood-stained His every tread; 
Cross-laden, on He sped, 
For me. 

Pierced glow His hands and feet; 
Three hours o'er Him beat 
Fierce rays of noon-tide heat 
For me. 

Thus wert Thou made all mine; 
Lord, make me wholly Thine; 
Grant grace and strength divine 
To me. 

In thought and word and deed 
Thy will to do. lead 
My soul, e'en though it bleed, 
To Thee. 

— Linwood, Maryland. 



Solomons Temple Vroduced In Wliniatnre 

We have been given an account of the recent work of 
)r. Paul Leslie Garber, Professor of Bible at Agnes Scott 
lottage in Atlanta, Georgia, wherein the story is given 
f an exhaustive study he has made of Solomon's Tem- 
le. He was not satisfied with the general accounts which 
ave been given of the form of the Temple and set to 
/ork to find out all that could he found concerning it. 

Working together with Mr. E. G. Howland, professional 
lodel maker of Troy, Ohio, who, for the sake of future 
iible students, furnished both material and labor free, 
hey have produced what has been called the most accu- 
ate reproduction of the famous structure (which was 
uilt about 950 B. C.) that has ever been made. 

It appears (as pictured in the article) to differ widely 
rom the usual views Wie have been in the habit of asso- 
iating with the Temple. But Dr. Garber's work and re- 
earch has been so painstaking that the model is regarded 
s most authentic. The Biblical record shows the inside 
leasurements of the original building to have been ap- 
iroximately 30 feet wide, 45 feet high and 120 feet long, 
"he model and the coui-tyard are 44 inches wide and 75 
nches long. The building itself measures 22% by 43% 

The model is put together after the fashion of the orig- 
nal Temple — sl prefabricated building as detailed in I 
Cings 6:2. Carvings and even molded one-sixteenth inch 

pomegranates are all accurately displayed throughout. 
Even color has not been neglected. 

We are told that the teaching value is enhanced by 
the use of a 35-mra filmstrip, which is available at a small 
cost-price from the processers, Southeastern Film, At- 
lanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Garber is the son of Rev. J. A. Garber, who was 
formerly a teacher in the College and Seminary here at 
Ashland, and who is well known to many of our readers. 


An old man sat by the open fire 

And dreamed the years away, 
While outside in the battle of life 

Many perished in the toils of the day. 
He never did any good 

Nor' did he ever do very wrong. 
He just sat by the open fire 
And dreamed the whole day long. 
Now he's left a vacant chair 

And they say he's gone up higher. 
But if he still does what he used to do — 

He's still sitting by the fire — Selected. 



The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 


What Voice Do You Hear? 

The Voice of America is an effort by the U. S. Depart- 
ment of State to use a radio network to tell a potential 
audience of 295,000,000 what our plans and policies are. 
It is especially directed toward counteracting Russian 
propaganda by short wave and relay broadcasting of 
news and interpretative programs. It receives 29,000 fan 
letters a month. That it is effective is indicated not only 
by such responses but also by the measures taken by 
Communist governments to use their own stations to 
"jam" the broadcasts. 

Any campaign of truth that seeks really to enlighten 
and to give facts should be applauded. We can hope that 
the "Voice" broadcasts are fair and impartial. Certainly 
the battle of words, whether across the air waves or in 
the UN sessions, is to he preferred to the language of 
blockades, gunfire, aerial bombardment and — eventually 
— atomic bombs. 

But, even assuming that the words are the right words, 
are they ever enough '! Actions — of nations, as well as of 
individuals — always speak louder. Did our President urge 
all the peaceful alternatives possible before involving us 
in the Korean war? Have we shown a real concern for 
the peoples of the world by backing the governments that 
truly represent them? Have we been ready and happy 
to support UN measures aimed at rebuilding the economy 
of small nations? Or have our actions too often belied 
the words? 

No matter how effective a radio voice may be, it must 
meet the competition of actual events and the sounds 
they make. Unfortunately, there are many different 
voices claiming to be the voice of America and they add 
to the Babel of our tinie. Sadly enough, some of the worst 
examples of confusion can be found among the voices of 
the churches. 

The voice that will be heard is the voice of a Christian 
fellowship that speaks through its deeds of mercy and 
love as well as in pronouncements from the pulpit. Be- 
cause Jesus lived what He taught and signed His mes- 
sage by a final act of sacrifice on the cross. He still speaks 
to men. We can speak His words, but even they will not 
be heeded unless they become incarnate in lives that re- 
semble His. — K. M. — "Gospel Messenger." 

Air communicatioTis is facilitating Christian missions in 

new wlays. Charles L. .Black, a young Shreveport, La., sur- 
geon and Bible Class teacher, spent 'his last vacation of 
three weeks performing operations at a Baptist mission 
hospital in Nigeria, and a group of Texas theological stu- 
dents went to Japan, also on their own charges, there to 
engage in evangelism. 
A Christian Chinese, Mr. Frank Shu, a manufacturer, 

has given the Presbyterian Church a million dollars to 
e«tablsih in Pasadena a home for retired missionaries. 

The work of Swedish Protestantism in behalf of the 
Jews during the great persecution of war time is de- 
scribed by Mr. Pernow of the Swedish Israel Mission. All 
Jews in Denmark were safely conveyed to Sweden and 
cared for while in exile, 6,000 of them. The Swedish at- 
tache in Budapest, Mr. Wallenberg, saved 10,000 Jews 
by issuing Swedish citizenship to them and renting houses 
which he declared to be Swedish property and then filled : 
with Jews. These he placed under the Swedish flag and 
denied entrance to their persecutors. Count Folke Bema- 
dotte, in the spring of 1945, released some 31,000 Jews i 
from concentration camps. 

The Swedish Israel Mission relieved Christian Jews ex- 
iled to Poland. It was difficult to get addresses, but a 
brave Swedish deaconess, Sister Great, went thither, ! 
learned by heart fifty addresses, and then flew back to I 
Sweden. Connections were knit up with these addresses by | 
letter. They in turn gave other addresses, and soon the | 
mission had the names of 350 Hebrew Christians in nearly 
every ghetto in Poland. These became the agents for the 
distribution of relief packages and Scriptures. 

The Swedish mission also assisted in the emigration of 
about 1,000 children ,a.nd 2,000 adults from the fiery fur- 
nace of Nazi persecutions, in spite of indescribable ob- 
stacles put in its way. A successful bureau for tracing 
and finding missing persons was organized at a time 
when families had been broken up and separated. A no- 
tice in the New York Times stated that the Swedish Is- 
rael Mission was at one time the only organization able 
to discover such derelicts. 

Workers Together With God 

"I have planted, Apollos watered; but GxkJ gave the in- 
crease"; "For we are labourers together with God" (I 
Cor. 3:6, 9). 

The 6th verse of Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians 
describes in a few terse words the origin and develop- 
ment of the Church at Corinth, and furnishes us with the' 
theme for this brief meditation. 

It was the product of co-operative labor, man work 
ing with his fellow man and both working with God. Paul 
uses the terms common to farming to describe the Churchi 
— "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the in- 

Truly all the world is God's own field and to man is 
given the high privilege and great responsibility of cul- 
tivating it. 

Our Lord loved the countryside and He took many oJ 
His texts from familiar village scenes and occupations — 

JANUARY 27, 1951 


for example, "So is the Kingdom of God, as if a man 
should cast seed into the ground," etc. "So is the church 
in Corinth," said Paul, "I have planted, ApoUos ■watered; 
but God gave the increase." Which is Paul's way of say- 
ing to us that God does the vital part. Planting and 
watering is merely arranging the materials which God has 
given us. He gave us the soil, the seed, the sun and the 
rain, man made none of these, he merely discovered their 
possibilities and their uses and he has developed and ap- 
plied them. The increase is the vital part — the inexplica- 
ble, the miraculous. 

The history of invention during the past century reads 
like a romance, but in all the really vital things we are 
as helpless as our forefathers who worked with their bare 
hands- or with the crudest of tools. All the inventive 
genius and science of the world cannot create a grain of 
wheat or a tiny growing flower or cause the sap to flow 
through a tree. It is not within the power of science to 
change the direction of the wind, to move clouds across 
the face of the sky, to create enough sun to ripen a field 
3f wheat, or to bring back to life a faded flower. 

Man did not create electricity, he merely discovered it 
and ways of using it, but he does not know what it is. 
Newton did not create the law of gravity, he merely dis- 
:overed it and he could not alter it if he had wished to 
io so. Man did not create coal, nor oil, nor water — they 
were all there in the world when Abraham stood at his 
tent door. And so it is with the spiritual world, we do 
lot create truth, it is revealed or discovered. 

Man did not create the Gospel, it is the Good News of 
Sod which was revealed in the fullness of time. We caji- 
(lot create a revival, nor can all the learned theologians 
in the world convert a single soul. There is a touch of Di- 
i'ine Sovereignty and mystery about every spiritual re- 
i'ival and every conversion. "The wind bloweth where it 
listeth ... but (thou) canst not tell whence it cometh, 
ind whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the 

"What does God do all day?" a boy asked his mother. 
She, being a wise woman replied, "My son, God is busy 
It work." God at work was a strange idea to the young 
lad so he asked, "What is He doing?" Again, the wise 
reply was: "He is making the world and men are contin- 
ually unmaking it and spoiling it. God is at work in na- 
ture, by the seasons — ^summer, winter, seed time and har- 
rest. He is working in my body repairing the worn par- 
ticles by the healing mystery of sleep so that I awake 
refreshed. He is at work in my mind enlightening, calm- 
ing, strengthening. He is making sick people well, sad 
people happy, making wicked men sorry for their sins 
ind evil men good." 

One of the secrets of Paul's unquenchable enthusiasm 
was his unshakable conviction that God works in every 
man's heart, will and conscience. Again and again he 
writes of the Power that worketh in us mightily. 

Every one who works for the salvation of his fellow 
men has a Divine Ally who will never fail him and who 
is always at his side. 

God demands work on the part of man — that is the ob- 
vious lesson of the harvest. God made man in His own 
image, but He will not do everything for him. Written 
plain on the face of the earth is the law — "Nothing with- 
out labor." The Lord God said to Adam in Genesis: "In 

the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread," and Paul 
wrote to the Thessalonians, "If any would not work, 
neither should he eat." 

The seasons may come and go, the sun may shine and 
the rain may fall gently on the earth but there will be 
no harvest vrithout man's labors. No coal, nor oil, nor 
houses, nor roads, no clothes to wear nor food to eat. 
Human life would cease on the earth if man ceased to 
work. The work of the farmer is vital labor and all the 
rest of us live on it — the merchants, manufacturers, pol- 
iticians, teachers, builders, scientists, and soldiers. If man 
refuses to work the whole industry would stop and the 
world would not be a fit place for human habitation. 

So also with the Kingdom of God. But for men's work 
there would be no churches, no Sunday Schools, no Bible 
Societies, no Missions, no sure knowledge of God. It may 
truly be said that God does nothing without men, that 
He waits for man and cries, "Whom shall I send, and 
who will go for us?" Every revival of religion, every 
spiritual awakening, every movement for the deliverance 
of men from the bondage of sin and vice and for the up- 
lifting and saving of men has had a man in it. The ac- 
count of the advancement of the Kingdom of God is the 
account of human labor. Every follower of Christ is a 
follower of the tireless Worker who said: "I must work 
the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day." 

Jesus urges His disciples to pray that the Lord of the 
harvest will send forth laborers and then immediately 
commands them to go forth and preach. Wherever labor- 
ers have gone forth at His bidding and worked accord- 
ing to His will from Carey in India to Grenfell in Labra- 
dor — there the wilderneas of sin and vice has been turned 
into a garden and has blossomed as a rose. 

In order to reap a successful harvest, the work must 
be done in obedience to the will of God and in communi- 
cation with Him. Planting and watering to be successful 
iimst be done at the right time and in the right place. 

Paul knew that it was the will of God that all men 
should be saved, and that the Gospel was the power of 
God unto salvation to every one that believeth, and it 
was his consuming desire to win all men to this saving 
belief. No man was too wicked, so he sowed the Seed of 
Truth and of loving effort in the most unpromising soil, 
and left the harvest in God's hands. He knew and we 
know that our burden is God's burden, our travail and 
disappointment are God's also. We must sit at Jesus' feet, 
place ourselves and our work into His hands, accept His 
guidance whatever the cost to us in toil and hardship, 
confident that He has promised: "Let us not be weary 
in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we 
faint not." — The Gospel Herald. 

Januai-y is a soul searching month for most of us. It 
is the time we take an inventory of ourselves. Especially 
should we restock our spiritual shelf. In the life of every 
man there is such a shelf. We mean to keep it in order 
and in shining brightness but often we become careless 
and everything is in disorder and rubbish is piled in the 
comers. The brightness is dimmed! Let's make this the 
year of rededication so that in the years to come we may 
say, "I wholly followed my Lord and my God." 



For some time now, I have been con- 
cerned over the number of boys and girls 
who have made confession of Christ and 
have united with the church, mid ivho, 
having no Brethren background, do not 
receive the proper indoctrination in the 
ordinances of the Church. Particularly 
is this true concerning them as partak- 
ers of the Holy Communion. They seem 
to knoio how to act during the service, 
at least in part — some by being told 
each step by someone near them, or 
merely by observation as the service pro- 
ceeds. But do they know "WHY" they do 
they do these things? 

Consequently, it has been our purpose 
in presenting this hypothetical story to 
seek to set forth the reasons "why" we 
do as we do in the observation of this 
ordinance, in such a manner that even 
a child can grasp its significance. — 
F. C. V. 


FROM THiE TIME he could remember, James Jacob 
Johnson, or "Jimmie," as he was affectionately called 
by all who knew him well, had been a regular attendant 
at the services of the church. Indeed his parents had be- 
gun taking him to the services when he was but four 
weeks old, and few were the times that he was not pres- 

Tonight, as he sat close beside his father, he had par- 
ticipated in his first Communion, and he was wide-eyed 
in his enjoyment. 

As the service came to a close with the singing of a 
hymn, he leaned close to his father and whispered, "Dad, 
it's all just like you told me. And it's wonderful!" 

• « * * 

Just two weeks before he, together with a number of 
other boys and girls, had made his definite decision to 
step out on the side of Christ and to accept Him as his 
personal Savior. It had been "Decisio,n Day" in the Sun- 
day School, and he had known for quite some time that 
he should make this bold stand. So when his Sunday 
School teacher had asked how many of her boys and girls 
were ready to accept Christ, Jimmie had been the first 
to raise his hand. 

Then came his open confession at the morning church 
service; his baptism by triune immersion, and his recep- 
tion into the church by the laying on of hands. How hap- 
py he felt. 

But when the pastor said, "Now next Sunday you boys 
and girls will be ready to sit with all the other members 
of the church at the Lord's Table and take part in the 
Communion," Jimmie had felt just a little frightened. 
Would he know what to do? And more important, would 
he know why he did it? 

He sat quietly through the morning service that day, 
but he was pondering many things in his mind. As the 
service drew to a close his mind was made up — he would 






ask his father to explain it all to him. Didn't Dad know 

So, as they sat at the table eating their noon-day meal, 
he suddenly said, very seriously and quietly, "Dad, why 
do we have communion anyway ? I know what we do — we 
wash feet; we eat together, and we take the bread and 
the wine, and sing a hymn. BUT WHY?" 

(Jimmie had often sat in the Communion room and 
watched as he grew up, but he had only observed the 
"how" of the service, and did not know the "WHY.") 

"Dad," continued the lad, "I don't want to take Com- 
munion unless I know why I do it. Won't you explain it j 
to me ? " 

Now the father was a very wise parent. He knew Jim- 
mie should know why as well as how. So he said, "Yes 
I will. Just as soon as we finish our dinner, and you help 
mother clear up the table, we will get the Bible and I'll 
tell you why." 

While Jimmie and his mother were clearing away the , 
dinner dishes, father was pondering in his mind how he 
could tell his boy in the best and surest way; tell him so | 
he would always remember. Knowing that he needed more ! 
than human knowledge and judgment, he prayed silently I 
that he might be able to lead this lad into the way of; 

Jimmie could scarcely wait until they were seated in 
cne living room. He came and laid the Bible in his father's ■ 
lap and said, almost breathlessly, "Now tell me!" | 

So Jinimie's father began: ) 

"Jesus knew that the time had come when He was to bei 
ciTicified; was to die; to be buried in a tomb, and on the 
third day to be raised from the dead. He knew that this| 
meant the leaving of this world and going back to Hisj 
Heavenly Fathei-. He also knew that He must leave the 
work of carrying His Gospel to the world with His dis- • 
ciples. He was sure that if they did not have something 
to remember about Him that they would forget Him. Youi 
know, son, how easy it is to forget. 

ANUARY 27, 1951 


"So, as they all gathered in the upper room in a home 
tiat was lent to them where they could get ready for 
he Jewish Passover, and having worked hard getting 
Kings ready — being sure that there was no leaven in 
tie house, and cleaning everything up well — they sat 
own foi' the evening meal. Tomorrow the Passover lamb 
;ould be killed and they wanted everything to be just 

"As they had come in from the dusty streets, each one 
,ad taken off his sandals and had washed the dust and 
rime from his feet. It was the custom of the day. Then 
hey prepared the evening meal (the supper) and, as they 
eclined about the table (that's the way they ate in those 
ays) Jesus very suddenly arose from the table even be- 
ore they began to eat and took a basin poured w,ater into 
; and took a towel and tied it around Him and then be- 
an to wash the disciples' feet. 

"Let's turn to the 13th chapter of John and read the 
rst seventeen verses." 

As they read together Jimmie's brows were furrowed. 
le had heard this pail of the chapter read many many 
iraes. Impatiently he said "Yes, yes, I know, Dad. That's 
ilow' we do it But WHY?" 

Patiently Dad said, "We read the reason in the 14th 
nd 15th verses. Jesus said that He gave us an 'exam- 
le' and that we should do to others as He did to His 
isciples. An example is something to be followed. Don't 
ou see, Jimmie ?" 

"Ye-s-s-s, I guess so," replied the lad. "I'm not sure. 
VTiy was it necessary?" 

"Well, son, let's just imagine we are at the table \vith 
esus the night before He was crucified. You remember 
hat we read in John 13:1-17 just a few minutes ago, that 
esus arose from supper and began to wash the disciples' 
eet, and that Peter had said, 'Thou shalt never wash my 
eet'; and Jesus had replied, "If I wash thee not, thou 
ast no part with me ..." 

"Yes," broke in Jimmie, "and he told Jesus to wash 
is hands and his head, too." 

"That's right, Jimmie," rejoined his father, "but did 
le do it?" 

"No sir," answered the boy. "He said that if he was 
lathed he didn't need to have his hands and head washed 
-only his feet. Why was that?" 

"Well it was just like you being baptized last Sunday, 
fou do not need to be baptized again and again; for bap- 
ism is for the remission of sins past, and it signifies that 
■our sins are washed away. ,But Jesus knew that His dis- 
iples would be coming in contact with the sins of the 
v-orld and needed something to make them remember this 
leansing. So He gave them, and now us, this service of 
eet washing that we might follow in His steps. That's 
vhy Jesus said, 'Know ye what I have done to you ? Ye 
all me Lord and Master, and ye say well, for so I am.' 
ind now note, son, He then says,. 'If I then, your Lord 
ind Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash 
me another's feet.' Jesus says we 'ought' to wash one an- 
ither's feet. In other words, we OWE it to Jesus to fol- 
ow His example, and we OWE it to ourselves to obey." 

"0, 1 see now! If I owe a debt, I must pay it if I am 
lonest. And if I owe Jesus a debt I should pay it. I'll re- 
n.ember that when I wash feet next Sunday night." 

"Now I understand that all right," went on the lad, 
"but why do we eat a meal together? Am I supposed to 
not eat until I get there so I'll be hungry?" 

"On the contrary, my boy," his father replied, "we sim- 
ply eat together to remind us that we are looking forward 
toward the great Feast that is being prepared for us by 
our Father, when we shall all surround the Table at the 
Marriage Supper of the Lamb of God. 

"This matter of the supper may be a little bit deep for 
you, but let's see if we cannot get it into very simple lan- 
guage. You remember the disciples had been getting ready 
to observe the Passover. The Passover lamb was to be 
killed and eaten to remind the Jewish people that God 
had led them out of bondage in Egypt. That great event 
of killing the lamb would take place on the next day. 

"No doubt the disciples were very tired and they had 
prepared a very simple evening meal and they were re- 
clining around the table getting ready to eat it. It was 
a time of fellowship together. It was just like us — your 
mother, and you, and I — sitting down together to eat, 
and enjoy the meal together. 

"We eat the 'Supper' at Communion time to fellowship 
together and to remind us that it was at such a supper 
that Jesus instituted the eating of the Bread and the 
drinking of the wine, which we do in remembrance of Him. 
Jesus knew that He was to be crucified the next day; that 
He was to take the place of the lamb and become the 
'Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world,' 
and He wanted to leave something His disciples could do 
to remind them of His sacrifice on the cross. Now do 
you understand?" 

"Yes, Dad; but you will teach me more about the mean- 
ing of the supper some time, won't you?" 

"Sure I will. But you had better just take it on faith 
this time. You'll learn as you go along through the years. 
Just eat and be thankful." 

"Now what about the Eu-eu . . . what was it the min- 
ister called it?" said Jimmie. 

"The 'lEucharist' is what he said. In fact a very simple 
definition of it is the eating of the bread and the drink- 
ing of the wine which is used as a symbol of the presence 
of the crucified Savior." 

Jimmie looked a little puzzled and his brows knit in 
deep thought. 

"Let's see if we can make it a little easier to under- 
stand," said the father, seeing the frown on Jimmie's 
face, "for this is the most important part of the service. 
Here take the Bible and turn to First Corinthians, chap- 
ter eleven, and begin reading at the twenty-third veise." 

Jimmie very quickly found the place and then read as 

"For I received of the Lord that which I also delivered 
unto you, That the Lord Jesus the night in which he was 
betrayed took bread: 

"And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said. 
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this 
do in remembrance of me." 

"Now stop there for a minute," said Jimmie's father. 
"Let's see about the bread. What kind do you suppose 
it was?" 

"0, I know about that," cried the boy. "Our Sunday 
(Continued from page 11) 



Practical Church Problems 

Prof. Henry Bates 

ONE OF THK MOST IMPORTANT services of the 
Christian Chui'ch is the communion service — both in 
the richness of its symbolism and in the impact which it 
makes upon the spiiitual life of the communicant. This 
is particularly tiue of the communion service as observed 
by the .Brethren peoples, since we endeavor to follow the 
example of our Master and His disciples, not only in the 
taking of the cup and the bread, but also in the wash- 
ing of one another's feet and the partaking of the com- 
mon meal. But all too frequently the sacr.edness of the 
celebration of the night of holy fellowship is lost due to 
the lack of reverence or the haphazardness with which 
the service is conducted. We would do well in all of our 
services, but particularly in our communion service, to 
demonstrate a little more reverence for God and His 
house — without becoming entrapped by the bonds of for- 
mal liturgy. 

The following suggestions are offered in hopes that 
some pastor or some congregation might see anew the 
real significance of this service and might have a real de- 
sire to stimulate the attitude of reverence on the part of 
the communicant. 

The Washing of Feet: It is at this part of the service 
that much of the confusion and noise arises — yet this need 
not be. A great deal of confusion can be eliminated, and 
the real spirit of the upper room can be instilled in the 
participants by having this part of the service (along 
with the Love Feast and Eucharist) light at the tables. 
In making the earlier preparations the deacons should 
place carpet runners under the chaii"s on each side of the 
tables. After an appropriate devotional period, following 
the reading of John 13:1-17, let the deacons, who have 
been seated at opposite ends and sides of the tables, un- 
cover the basins which have been concealed under the ends 
of the tables and let the ni.en pioceed with the feet wash- 
ing service in their respective seats. The deaconesses at 
the sanie time should be similarly leading the ladies pres- 
ent in the same manner. The noise of scraping chairs, the 
confusion of moving from the table to another room, the 
usual long period of time involved in the feet washing 
service — all are eliminated, and thus an atmosphere of 
reverence has been generated and the mind of the partici- 
pant (usually filled with a variety of thoughts due to the 
moving about) — is free to meditate upon the significance 
of the act. 

The Love Feast: At the completion of the feet wash- 
ing service another brief period of devotional thought, in- 
cluding a hymn. Scripture reading, and prayer of thanks 
adds greatly to the next part of the three-fold service. 
Following this devotional period the communicants may 
join in the singing of one stanza of "Blest be the Tie Thae 
Binds" and then paitake reverently of the meal. The dea- 
cons and deaconesses should make certain before the hour 
of the sei-vice arrives, that all is in readiness for the 
Love Feast. 

The Eucharist: After ample time has been allowed for 

all to partake of the meal, and to meditate upon its sig- 
nificance (do not rush this part of the service), let thei 
people prepare themselves for the Eucharist. In additionl 
to the candles which have been placed upon the tables 
and elsewhere about the room, the pastor might have 
standing upon his reading desk or table thirteen candles. 
The central candle, larger than the other twelve, repre- 
sents the Lord. Of the remaining twelve, representing 
the disciples, eleven are white and one is black or dark 
blue. Prior to the breaking of bread and the drinking of 
the cup let the minister read from John 13:21-30 — snuf- 
fing out the black candle to signify the departure of 
Judas, as he reads the words, "He having received the 
sop went out; and it was night." Again all should be in 
readiness for the occasion, and at a given signal the' 
officiating deacons and deaconesses should come forward 
to receive the elements and to pass them along to the 
communicants.. It is also suggested that each person hold 
his or her portion of bread until all have been served, 
then as the pastor puts his portion to his mouth all fol- 
low his example. At the close of the Eucharist the entire, 
evening's service can be brought to a fitting conclusion 
as the pastor reads Mark 14:26 — "And when they had 
sung a hymn they went out ..." The congregation should, 
then sing a hymn and leave the scene of the service with- 
out furthei' ado. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 

Ijribute to an Outstanding Cayman 

On January 3rd, 1951, an outstanding layman of the 
Brethren Church was called home to be with his Lord. 
Brother Charlie S. Kern was born in B,edford County, 
Pennsylvania, in 1882. At an early age he, with his fam- 
ily, moved to Delaware County, Indiana, where he spent 
the remaining years of his life. 

From his youth up Brother Charlie took an active in- 
terest in the church and was among the earliest members 
of the Oakville Brethren Church. Over the years he waj; 
a staunch followed of his Master, and a beloved membei 
of His Church. In 1949 Brother Kern was elected to the 
superintendency of the Oakville Sunday School for his 
thirtieth term. He also served the church as secretarj 
for a good many years, and took seriously his responsi- 
bilities as a deacon. His faithfulness to the church was 
something to warm the heart of any pastor. Sundaj 
School, Morning and evening worship, prayer meeting 
and any special services always found this man of Got 
in his place. His endeavors were not limited to the loca 
congregation, however, for he served the .Brethren of thtl 
denomination in a number of ways including a numbei 
of years spent on the Benevolent Board. [ 

Brother Kern's influence was felt in other fields in ad 
dition to the church. He was a director of the origina 
Oakville Bank, a director of the Oakville Elevator, clerl 
of the Delaware County Draft Board during the recen 
conflict, and for a number of years a school teacher ii 
the vicinity. One of his former pastors often referrec 
to him as Charlie S. (for Standby) Kern — a fitting de 
scription of this fine layman of the Brethren Church. 

Henry Bates. 


ANUARY 27, 1951 



(Continued from page 9) 

Ichool teacher told us that. It was unleavened bread, be- 
ause all the leaven had been taken from the house when 
hey came to Passover week, for leaven stood for sin." 

"Why Jimmie, that's right, and when we eat the bread 
t tells of the sinlessness of Jesus, and we eat it in 're- 
lenibrance of Him.' " 

"Now read on Jimmie," said the father; and Jimmie 
ead: "After the same manner also he took the cup, when 
e had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in 
ly blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remem- 
rance of me." 

"Stop right there," said the father. "The 'cup' which 
h,e disciples drank was a symbol of the blood Jesus was 

shed the next day when He was crucified on the cross. 
Lnd to get a picture of this, you turn to John 19:34 and 
ead what it says." 

Jimmie found the verse and read, "But one of the sol- 
iers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came 
here out blood and water." 

"See," said the father, "His blood was poured out as 
le said, and when we drink the wine we remember that 
lis blood was shed for us. And now turn back again to 

Corinthians 11 and read the 26th verse." 

Jimmie read, "For as often as ye eat this bread and 
rink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." 

"Now son," said the father gently, "you can see why 
/e do all these things. We are remembering that Jesus 
led for our sins; that He shed His blood and that His 
ody was broken that we might have eternal life. And 
very time we do this we remember that He also arose 
rom the dead and that He is coming again. That's why 
re do it. Do you understand now?" 

"I sure do," cried the boy, with his face aglow, "and 
I'hen I go to the Communion and sit by you, I'll not only 
:now how to do these things, but why I am doing them." 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

i^ill have charge of the Sunday evening service on Feb- 
uary 4th, using for their theme, "Christ Calls — In Faith 
Ve Serve." Musical features will be presented by various 

The Sisterhoods had charge of the opening of the eve- 
ling service on January 14th, and the motion picture, 
Paul Visits Corinth," was shown. 

The Children's Bible Class which meets each Wednes- 
Lay evening, continues to function well. Eight of the class 
eceived attendance awards for two years of prefect at- 
endance recently; two more received awards for one year 
ind three months attendance, and one the first award of 

1 three months attendance. Awards are given each quar- 
er. These children are all under junior high school age, 
ind are studying the Bible intensively and their grasp of 
he subjects is marvelous. The group runs as high as 
wenty-five and thirty many times, with an average at- 
endance of about twenty. 

Louisvillei, Ohio. The Louisville Church joined with the 
Jther churches of the city and surrounding territory in 

the observance of the Week of Prayer. The sei'vice was 
held in our church on Tuesday evening. 

Brother John Byler is to give five radio talks over the 
Canton Radio during the week of February 12 to 1(5. 

One of the outstanding Christian films, the text of 
which was taken fi-om "Pilgrim's Progress," is to be shown 
in the Louisville Church on Sunday evening, January 28. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother Crick says that a religious census 
was taken recently in Preble County, in which Gratis is 
situated. About 340 families in Gratis in its immediate 
vicinity were canvassed by representatives of the three 
Gratis Churches. 

South Bend, Indiana. We quote from Brother Stude- 
baker's bulletin of January 7th, "The Watch Night Ser- 
vice was fine. Seventy-five were present during the eve- 
ning, and about sixty remained for the full service which 
closed at mid-night. We had a fine program of music; 
the pictures and lecture by Mr. G. A. PuUin were superb; 
the refreshments very good. The consecration service was 
impressive and we started the year in a fine way." 

Nappanee, Indiana. The Menno Singers, a chorus of 
young men from the Goshen area, presented a concert of 
religious music at the Nappanee Church on Sunday eve- 
ning, January 14th. 

Brother Dennis Snell of the Pacific Garden Mission of 
Chicago, was guest speaker at the morning service on 
Sunday, January 21st. 

Brother Meyer announces a four-day period of evan- 
gelism from February 1.5th to ySth, at which time Brother 
W. lE. Ronk of Goshen will be the evangelist. 

North Manchester, Indiana. We note from the North 
Manchester bulletin of January 7th that Bi'other D. Rich- 
ard Wolfe, assumed the pastorate and was installed in the 
pulpit by Brother George Pontius, who had been acting 
as supply pastor. Brother Wolfe also assumed the duties 
of a "father" (spelled in small letters) also, for Mrs. 
Wolfe presented him with a daughter on Tuesday morn- 
ing, January 2nd. The new arrival is named Nancy Jean. 
Both the mother and daughter are getting along fine. 
But how about the "father?" 

At a recent visit of Rev. Falkenberg of the Bible Medi- 
tation League, the North Manchester church gave him an 
offering of $147.5.5. 

The North Manchester Sunday School paid all the ex- 
penses of her young people tliat attended the Brethren 
Youth Birthday Party at Winona on Saturday, January 

Dr. R. V. Bollinger, formerly of Ashland College, is 
teaching a course in Teacher Training in the North Man- 
chester Church each Thursday evening. 

Carleton, Nebraska. Brother Oberholtzer says tliat the 
Laymen's parsonage bathroom pi-oject is progressing 
gradually toward completion. We also quote from his bul- 
letin as follows: "The Laymen's Oyster Supper last Wed- 
nesday evening (January 10) was a successful and satis- 
factory venture. It was a delightful family and neighboi'ly 
fellowship of sixteen men, wives and children, totaling 
an attendance of forty-two. The ladies kindly volunteered 
to help in the preparation of the supper and the washing 
of the dishes, to which the men very willingly consented. 
.Being unaccustomed to such tasks, their awkwardness in 
the presence of so many ladies would have been embar- 
rassing. A brief Laymen's business meeting was also 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for February 11, 19.51 


Scripture: Acts 10:1-33 

For The Leader 

is only skin deep." How tnie it also is that "color 
is only skin deep." Underneath the many skin colors of 
the human race there are hearts as precious and valuable 
as our own. Beneath the black, the red, the yellow, etc., 
are hearts and souls for which the Saviour gave His life 
and shed His blood upon Calvary's cross. Yes, Christ died 
for all, and He is not willing that any should perish. 
Why then are we so reluctant to put our whole effort into 
the work of Home and Foreign missions? Why are we 
still pretty much race prejudiced? Wliy do we selfishly 
feel that the most valuable race on the face of the earth 
is the white race? It will certainly not be to our credit 
in the day of judgment to be reminded that we looked 
with scorn and neglect upon the "natives of Africa" or 
"India's teeming millions." On the other hand, there is 
much to encourage us in the process of removing the 
color line in Christianity. The love of Christ in the hearts 
of men makes us forget the color of the skin. But how 
far will you go in believing tliat? That is the question for 
us to discuss tonight. 


1. PETER'S RACIAL PREJUDICE. Before we get too 
harsh in our judgments of Peter let us look at his back- 
ground. We cannot blame him for believing as he, or any 
other Jew, did at that time. Generations of Jews had 
taught that the only person that existed in God's favor 
was the Jew. The Jews were God's chosen people, and 
God was their God alone. Here was a mixture of truth 
and falsehood. Ti-ue it is that the Jews were God's chosen 
people, but God was the God of more than the Jew. So 
there was conflict in Peter's mind over just who was 
eligible to hear the Gospel of saving grace. If there were 
nothing else for which we could commend Peter, this alone 
would be sufficient, that he conquered racial prejudice. If 
the same could be said of us, this would be a different 

2. PASSIVE AGREEMENT. When Peter finally con- 
quered the prejudice of centuries and went into the house 
of a Gentile and dined, we note that he was putting into 
practice his new belief. We grant that today many of 
us do not hate the Negro, the Mexican, the Italian. In 
fact we will Let them go ahead and live and work in their 
own circles, just as long as they don't bother us. It prob- 
ably gives us great personal satisfaction to discover that 
in our "Christian love" we do not hate the people of other 
races. Feeling this way, we squirm when our preacher 
talks of sending our mission money to help some negroes 
or Chinese, etc. We think that's "going a little too far." 
Peter might have agreed that it was all right for God to 
be the God of the Gentiles if He wanted to, but "just so 
long as he didn't get mixed up in it." However, just as 

soon as Peter's vision was finished, he was commissioned' 
to be a foreign missionary. Maybe that would be going 
too far for you, but it wasn't for Peter. He was a good 
Christian through and through. Are we passive or active 
in removing the color in Christianity? 

3. RESULTS. Reading this 10th chapter of Acts it is 
not hard to figure out who is getting the most benefit 
from the events and the preaching of Peter. Cornelius is 
ah-eady committed to God and His will in his life. His 
mind is already stabilized in his attitude and action to- 
ward God. Here we see him almost a silent actor while 
the great transformation and action occurs in the life and 
mind of Peter. As Peter observes events and as he 
preaches, his mind is being transformed. Peter leaped a 
great racial barrier when he said, "Of a truth I perceive 
that God is no respecter of persons." And a little later 
he said, "Can any man forbid water, that these should 
not be baptized?" Yes, that was Peter, who, a few hours 
before would, in spite of his Christian profession, have 
spit upon a Gentile had he accidentally gotten that close 
to one. However impoi'tant the conversion of Cornelius 
was, we must truthfully say that Peter's erasure of race 
prejudice was likewise important. To be completely Chris- 
tian, young people, we must also erase our feelings and, 
possible hatreds towaixis other races. 

wouldn't be caught sitting in a bus seat next to a negro; 
or in a crowded restaurant next to a negro; to find that 
at the marriage supper of the Lamb that you were seated 
next to one who was a Negro here in this life. Wouldn't, 
you be surprised to find yourself at the foot end of the 
table with a hundred Negroes seated in higher rank be-j 
tween you and Christ? There are going to be thousandsj 
of surprises in just this way. They say heaven will be aj 
place of surprises. We will be surprised at those whoj 
aren't there, and surprised at some who are there that we 
thought were not worthy of heaven. Then we will surely 
be surprised to find that we who stood in high esteem and 
self-esteem here on earth are in a position of low rank 
in heaven. We, who today refuse to help send the gos-, 
pel to the Koreans, the Liberians, the Argentinians, and, 
the underprivileged in our own cities, may find ourselves 
"bumped" to an insignificant station in heaven because 
some of these of "other races" far excelled us in their 
simple Christian faith. Better be careful. 

LINE. We are not advocating selling our homes and going; 
over into the colored sector of our city and buying a home 
in the midst of the colored people. We are not advocatingi 
that our boys and girls should go and marry young peo- 
ple from Brazil, Tibet, etc. While there is absolutely 
nothing wrong in doing these things if it appears to be 
the thing which is most appropi-iate to particular indi- 
viduals, yet it is true that it is often not for the best so- 
cially or genetically. Social standards are generations be- 
hind, Yeais have brought about the removal of social bar- 
riers between English, French, German, Scottish, Irish 
and many others. We call the product of this inter-mar- 
riage and association an "American." The day might comej 
when association and marriage of whites and negroes 
will be as socially acceptable as the marriage of a Polisn 
girl and an English boy is today, Our job as Christiana 
thi'ough faith and action is to remove the social barrier^ 
and piejudices which have been set up thi'ough genera-i 

ANUARY 27, 1951 


:ions of self-esteem. Constant hammering will wear away 
he stone of feeling which makes racial barriers such a 
Ireadful thing today. Constant preaching and living of 
he gospel of Christ will transform the hearts of men 
if all races. 

Prayer ITleeting 

IBy (5. i. ^ilmer 


"All things continue as they were," 

The scoffers used to say. 

But even he must see that now 

They change from day to day. 

The warring nations lust for power, 

The fig tree buds at last, 

Across the earth the anti-Christs 

Their fateful shadows cast. 

Dark are the signs for scoffers now, 

Their hearts have failed from fright. 

But 0, for us who trust His Word, 

The signs all glow with light! 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 

kriptiire: Revelation 19 and 20. 

|\ /IiEN VAINLY IMAGINE that they can reform hu- 
LVl, man nature and stop war. But only the personal 
■eign of Christ on the earth can and will do that (Isa. 
!:4). He alone can chain Satan (Rev.20:l-3), and break 
Satan's power. Christ will subdue the wild instincts of the 
)easts to a peaceful state (Isa. 11:6-10). Even a child 
;an play with the serpent whose nature because of sin 
vas cursed above all cattle (Isa. 65:25; Gen. 3:14). Until 
(esus comes there will be war on the earth (Matt. 24:6-8). 
3ut when Jesus comes wars will cease (Micah 4:3, 4). 
?"alse worship will disappear from the earth (Isa. 11:9; 
llabbakuk 2:14). 

The earth is now under the curse of man's sin (Gen. 
i:17-19). But when Jesus shall establish His kingdom 
;he curse will be removed (Isa. 35:3-10). The saints will 
■ule and reign with Christ (1 Cor. 6:2; 2 Tim. 2:12) a 
;housand years (Rev. 20:6). In the parable of the talents 
;he faithful will be accorded rulership (Matt. 25:21, 23). 
Hhrist will have world-wide dominion (Zech. 9:10). He 
ihall reign upon the throne of His glory (Matt. 25:31). 

The God of Heaven will some day set up a kingdom 
)n earth (Dan. 2:44). God's King will prosper and exe- 
;ute justice (Jer. 23:5). He will be none other than the 
;rue "Son of David" (Luke 1:22; Isa. 9:7). He shall reign 
'rom Jerusalem (Isa. 24:23; Micah 4:7). This Kingdom 
vill not be established by the spread of the Gospel but 
)y His mighty power (Matt. 24:30). To this Kingdom all 
;arthly kingdoms will give way (Rev. 11:15; Zech. 14:9). 

Our Lord's coming will end Armageddon and the Great 
rribulation. Angels will separate the wheat and the tares 
[Matt. 13:40, 41). The nations will be sifted (Joel 3:2, 

12). Israel purified, will be restored (Ezek. 20:33-38; 
Amos 9:9, 10) to Palestine, and covenant with the Mes- 
siah (Jer. 31:31-33). All shall see His salvation (Isa. 
51:10). Man's span of life will be lengthened (Isa. 65:20). 
Home ownership will be solved (Isa. 65:21-25). The curse 
will be x-emoved from nature (Rom. 8:19-23), and the 
earth will be as a watered garden (Isa. 25:1-7). 
Lesson hymn: "Jesus Shall Reign." 

Qomweuts on the Lesson hy the Editor 

Lesson for February 4, 1951 
Lesson: Mark 5:21-24, 38-43 

Power," it might be well for us to look at some of 
the statements Jesus makes concerning His own power 
— that which He has within Himself. By so doing we 
can better understand the attitude of both Jesus and 

There are two kinds of power — inherent and delegated. 
In the three scriptures we will consult in this introduc- 
tion, we will find examples of each. 

First of all, let us go back into our lesson of tw-o weeks 
ago and hear Jesus say, as He healed the palsied man 
who was let down through the roof, "But that ye may 
know that the Son of man hath power on earth to for- 
give sins ..." This "power" was an inherent power 
which Jesus, as God, possessed within Himself. He proved 
this possession by using it with resultant action on the 
part of the palsied one. 

Our second scripture is found in John 10:18 and we 
here find Jesus, in speaking to His disciples, tells them 
very pointedly that the power over life and death is dis- 
tinctly His, and He says, "I lay do^vn my life that I may 
take it up again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay 
it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I 
have power to take it up again." Here again the power 
is inherent. 

The third text (many more may be found) is in Mat- 
thew 28:18, the beginning verse of the Great Commis- 
sion (28:18-20) — "Jesus came and spake unto them say- 
ing, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth 
..." Here the power is delegated power, or a power 
possessed because of authority given Him. It is the power 
that gives Him authority to command us to "Go" — to 
"pi-each" — to "baptize" — to "make disciples." 

No one dares to dispute His right to use that power 
just as He sees fit, or as His infinite wisdom dictates. 

Arnold's Commentary has the following to say as it 
introduces this lesson: "Our lesson topic aptly describes 
the stupendous deeds of Christ recorded in our entire les- 
son for today. These deeds reveal His mastery over na- 
ture, and demons, and sickness, and death. They should 
inspire our hearts because they reveal the fact that the 



power of Christ was adequate to meet every crisis of 

The material of the lesson that is not printed, and 
which begins with the 35th verse of the fourth chapter 
of Mark and continues through verse 6 of chapter 6, is 
all important to the full study of the lesson. Our printed 
text, (the ten verses from Mark 5) only gives us one of 
the examples of Jesus' power. Of course it is the most 
important, for it deals with one of the human "im- 
possibles" of life — that of raising one from the dead. 

It is no ordinary scene that greets us. The characters 
of the story are: 1. a distracted father and mother; 2. 
a dying daughter; 3. a dead daughter; 4. a group of hire 
mourners; 5. a Compassionate Saviour; 6. a daughter 
restored from the dead. 

In the story we find certain facts that must be rec- 
ognized: 1. The father, Jairus, must have known some- 
thing about Jesus, and must have had a certain amount 
of faith in Him. 2. Jesus must have realized that even 
as Jairus was asking for His help, at that very moment 
the daughter had already passed away. 3. This fact is 
substantiated by reason of the time it would have taken 
to get the "hired mourners" together after the girl's 
death. 4. That Jesus knew what He was going to do is 
made manifest by His word to Jairus after he had been 
informed that his daughter was already dead, "Be not 
afraid, only believe." 5. That Jairus did believe is shown 
by the fact that he waited and went willingly and con- 
fidently toward his home along with Jesus. 6. That the 
little girl was really dead and not merely sleeping as 
mortals sleep, is assured by the fact that the mourners 
and the relatives present "laughed him (Jesus) to scorn," 
when He said, "The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." 

Each of these facts are necessary in order that it can 
be said of Jesus that He really exhibited His power. Any- 
one can awaken another out of ordinary sleep; but only 
God Himself has the power to i-aise one from the dead. 

Time and again Jesus shows that He possesses the 
power of God to do things impossible to man. He has 
power over nature; power over demons; yes, and power 
over death itself. How great is our Master, and how de- 
serving of our utmost obedience and unstinted worship. 

Christian Endeavor Scholarship 

A number of years ago the Christian Endeavor Board 
of the Brethren Church established a scholarship at Ash- 
land College to be awarded each year to a young man or 
a young woman, attending Ashland College — or planning 
on attending Ashland College, who had shown a real in- 
terest in the work of Christian Endeavor. The Christian 
Endeavor Board, meeting during the General Conference, 
considers the applicants for the scholarship and awards 
the scholarship at the Christian Endeavor session of Gen- 
eral Conference. This year's recipient of the scholarship 

is Horace Husc of Manteca, California a student at 

Ashland Seminary. 

Any young person, who has been active in Christian 
Endeavor work — whether a student at Ashland College 
now, or a prospective student for the Fall semester — is 
eligible to apply for this aid. Write to Professor Henry 
Bates, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, for 
the necessary application blank. Act now! 

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We want to remind you that New Lebanon is still ir 
the sei-vice of the Lord. Our attendance has been holding 
up reasonably well in both the Sunday School and th< 
Worship Services, considering the handicaps. The Miam 
Valley has been struggling through some real \vinteij 
weather which has affected the attendance somewhat^ 
The roads being drifted made it impossible for some peo-, 
pie to get to the church. 

With 1950 gone, it had its share of blessings and diffi- 
culties. Even so, it was a profitable year. Homecoming 
Day was observed the last of October, with Rev. N. V 
Leatherman, pastor of the Second Brethren Church o; 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as our guest speaker. It was i 
most enjoyable day. New Lebanon being the home towi 
of Rev. Leatherman, it was a real homecoming for him 
and this along with the special music of the day, madt! 
it a day of blessed fellowship for us all. 

Rev. W. C. Berkshire, our pastor, spent some time ii 
evangelistic work the last of October. ^ 

A short service was conducted on Thanksgiving Dayj 
A few Sundays later the Choir Robes were dedicated. Thei 
came the Christmas actiNdties and they were full. Now 
at the beginning of the New Year, great things are ii 
store, not for one, but for all of us. 

Never has there been a time when so much of every' 
thing is needed. Right now is the allotted time to searcl 
the Scriptures, for in them we find rest. These are crit 
ical times and we are all wondering what is ahead of us 
It is not a pleasant "picture." Whatever is in store fo: 
us, be it good or bad, may we be prepared to meet it witl 
God's help. Conditions today are very much like those o; 
Jeremiah's day, when he was leading his people. His teach 
ings were returned with hatred and persecutions. No won 
der he began to wonder whether God was with him o 
not. He longed for a place where he could be secluded 
getting away from his people. He felt that his life was i 
failure and how well this con-esponds with conditions to 
day. Many are wondering whether it is worth the effort 
It is! May the Lord take it in His hands and end thi 
terrible conflict. 

Will you join with us at the of Grace that W' 
may continue in faith? 

— Anne Cashour. 


Just a few notes concerning the work at Udell, Iowa 

The average attendance for Sunday School for this pas 

quarter has been higher than for many moons. This maj 

ANUARY 27, 1951 


lot sound BIG to many of you, but when you remember 
hat we have been small for years, it is "Good News." 

The Sunday School average was 27; the morning wor- 
hip average was 27-plus; the evening average was 28- 
)Ius. The Building Fund offerings last quarter amounted 
$467.55. Our other offerings have been commendable. 

The weather and roads have been "turribul" for week.s. 
!:!onsequent]y we did something which we never did be- 
ore, that I can recall — we called off our revival meel- 
ng dates, January 7 to 21, at which time Rev. Harold 
jarland of West Alexandria, Ohio, was to be our evan- 
gelist. Some of our schools have been closed because of 
cy roads. 

However, last evening, January 7th, we had 68 people 
it church — quite a surprise. We preached on the Second 
joming. The Lord blessed. 

We are soon to lose our good Sunday School Superin- 
.endent, Lawi^ence Powell, to the Air Forces. He is in the 
V-l Classification. He has been my right hand man for 
!ome years. We are having family night and a farewell 
"or him on this Thursday evening. 

Our anne.x preparations have been delayed on account 
)f the cold and ice. The total Annex Fund now stands at 
^ery nearly $900.00. 

W. R. Deeter, pastor. 

Words of Appreciation 

We received the following from our good friends. .Broth- 
er and Sister Hai-vey Naugle, former parishioners of the 
=;ditor while he was pastor in Canton, Ohio. These good 
Brethren now live in Windber, Pennsylvania, but keep in 
;ouch with the Brethren Church through the columns of 
'The (Evangelist." We appreciate their good words, not 
mly for the personal implications, but also for the va- 
•ious contributors to our church paper. The letter reads 
n part: 

Windber, Penna., January 8th. 

To the staff and writers who make up the "Brethren 
Evangelist" : 

We have taken the "Evangelist" for years and want 
to tell you how much we appreciate it. I really miss 
it when two times a year I don't find it in my mail 

I always turn to the article, "The Editor Thinks 
Aloud," and do I ever enjoy it! And the Sunday 
School lesson couldn't be beat, and the Prayer Meet- 
ing Topic, also the Christian Endeavor Topic and all 
the rest. I clip so many things to save that my file 
is just bulging with precious articles I have kept, 
and besides I know it has helped me to keep like I am. 

I use the lessons I get to help others to find their 
way home and, while I am no minister or mission- 
ary, I have golden opportunities every day right at 
my own door. So Matthew 28:19 and 20 applies to 
all of us. Who can say that they have not been called 
to God's seiwice? 

Also when I look on so many times when I have 

felt that God's Word was strangled and really changed 
and a bit lopped off here and there, I am proud that 
the Brethren have done none of these things. So I feel 
you are really worthy of the equipment you are 
needing and wish I could pay the whole bill. But since 
1 cannot do it, I want to do what I can and hope that 
this letter (which you may print if you wish) will 
put others to thinking and paying till the job is done. 

Enclosed find check! 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Naugle, 

(By Mrs. Naugle) 

3013 Graham Avenue, Windber, Pa. 

A finer appeal to the entire church could not have been 
written by any member of the Publication Board or of the 
Staff at the Publishing House. It carries much greater 
weight because it came all unsolicited. Brother and Sister 
Naugle have been isolates, so as to speak, from the Breth- 
ren Church, for we have no .Brethren Church in the city 
where they reside. But, nevertheless, they have always 
been faithful to the interests of our church and appre- 
ciative of its activity. 

Sister Naugle has expressed in the above letter what has 
so often come to the Editor's desk from others in more 
shortened form. Probably those who are away from the 
regular services of our church because of no opportunity 
to attend, appreciate the forward progress of the Breth- 
ren Church even more than those who have ready access 
to its services. In many cases we have the same testimony 
that appears in the above letter — that the soul is not fed 
as fully in some other churches as it is in the Brethren 
Church — that some of the needed emphases are lacking. 

May the appeal of Sister Naugle bear fruit among the 
Brethren, especially among those who bear an isolated 
relation to the church. 

Thanks again, Brothei' and Sister Naugle, for your good 
words and your welcome contribution. 

F. C. V. 



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MAUST-LICHTENBERGER. On Sunday afternoon, De- 
cember 31, 1950, at 5 o'clock Miss LaVonne Maust, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Maust of Waterloo, Iowa, 
became the bride of Mr. Lyle Lichtenberger, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Walter E. Lichtenberger of Elkhart, Indiana. 

The double ring ceremony was performed in the pres- 
ence of the immediate families of the couple. 

The wedding took place in the Little Chapel of the 
First Brethren Church in Waterloo before an altar of 
flowers, the open Bible, a cross, and Sallman's picture, 
"The Head of Christ." The light from the candles was 
the only light during the ceremony which was performed 
by the undersigned, pastor of the church. 

Miss Maust was attended by her sister. Miss Shirley 
Maust. Mr. Lichtenberger was attended by Mr. Robert 
Ronk of Goshen,. Indiana. 

LaVonne and Lyle are both "pre-sem" students at Ash- 
land College. Lyle will graduate from the college this 
year and will immediately enter the Seminary. LaVonne 



is a sophomore in the college. Lyle is a member of the 
Ambassador Team sent out by Brethren Youth, and is 
very active in Christian work in our denomination. 

We pray God's richest blessings upon this couple as 
they live life together. 

Spencer Gentle. 

Hath t0 S^Ht 
Dr. Levi Leedy Garber 

Dr. Levi Leedy Garber passed to the Life Beyond on 
December 26, after morle than 88 years in the earth-life. 
They were years filled with helpful service to students 
and others. He was a loyal supporter and constructive 
critic of the writer in the work of the present pastorate. 
Wlien I served on the administrative staff of Ashland 
College he was a sympathetic co-worker. During student 
days at the college I did not always think he was sym- 
pathetic because he made us work and work hard at our 
studies. But after graduation, his teachings had been 
so helpful, I was thankful that he had insisted on real 
work. He sought to include in his courses something of 
the practical and he succeeded. He also succeeded in in- 
stilling in the minds of his students a love for the noble, 
the good and the godly. Because he succeeded he contin- 
ues to live in the hearts he has helped. 

Funeral services were held in tjie AsTiland Brethren 
Church, which he loved and faithfully attended. The writer 
read ten of Dr. Garber's favorite Scripture passages which 
had been selected by his family. Dean M. A. Stuckey gave 
the tribute to the departed using as his theme, "Dr. L. L. 
Garber As I Knew Him." 

Dr. Garber's obituary tells us that he was born Sep- 
tember 19, 1862 at Ankenytown, Ohio, the son of David 
Leedy and Susan Garber. He sei-ved as principal of the 
Bellville, Ohio, High School; superintendent of Ashland 
County Schools; head of the department of English in 
Kent State College, and head of the department of Eng- 
lish at Ashland College. His service to the Brethren Church 
as a professor in Ashland College covered a period of 
about fifty years. 

Dr. Garber was united in marriage with Alma A. 
Moomaw of South Bend, Indiana, on July 16, 1902. He is 
survived by his wife; two sons. Shelly of Washington, D. 
C. and John Ruskin of Chico, California; two daugh- 
ters, Helen of New York City and Mrs. Lloyd (Josephine) 
Smith of Zanesville, Ohio; and five grandchildren. 

— H. H. Rowsey. 

Adam, William, Sidman and Bert. Funeral services wen 
conducted at the Third Brethren Church on Sunday, De 
cember 24th, by Rev. D. Richard Wolfe. 

BARKHYMER. James L. Barkhymer of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, was born May 17, 1897 and passed to his 
eternal reward on December 22, 1950. He was the son 
of James and Emma (Miller) .Barkhymer. He was a dea- 
con and trustee of the Third Brethren Church of Johns- 
town. He was an inspector in the Johnstown plant of the 
Bethlehem Steel Company. Besides his mother and wife, 
the former Ruth Campbell, he is sui-vived by the follow- 
ing sisters and brothers: Mrs. William Studt, Mrs. Mary 
Blough, Mrs. Nellie Ream, Mrs. Louise Harrison, David, 

BUCHENROTH. George Buchenroth, 79, passed on t( 
his reward on December 1, 1950, in his home, R. D. 4 
Belief ontaine, Ohio. He was a member of the Gretm 
.Brethren Church. Funeral services were held at the Gret 
na Church, conducted by the undersigned, December 4 
Place of interment. Greenwood Cemetery, DeGraff, Ohio 

Clarence A. Stogsdill. 

A good missionary program may be like a road taking 
us from the land of plenty to the lands of need. 


"What Would Jesus Do?" by Glenn Clark, is a seque 
to Dr. Sheldon's much read "In His Steps." Mr. Clarl 
takes the principles set forth in Dr. Sheldon's book am 
makes them live in a gripping story of life lived as Jesui 
would have it lived. Mr. Clark was a personal friend oi 
Dr. Sheldon and had his sanction in writing the story 
This story should lead each reader to take seriously thosf 
things which Jesus taught in His sojourn here on earth 
A book of 286 pages— price $2.25. Order from The Breth 
ren Publishing Company, Ashland, Ohio. 


Goshen Brethren— ($63.22 and $51.74) (Indiana) $114.9' 

Roanoke Brethren (Indiana) 20.0( 

Fairview Brethren (Washington C. H., Ohio) 5.0( 

Hagerstown Brethren (Mai-yland) 12.2'; 

Dayton Hillcrest Brethren (Ohio) 100.01 

Smithville Brethren (Ohio) 20.0( 

Elkhart Brethren (Indiana ) 254.0( 

Laura F. Baker (Johnstown 3rd) 5.0( 

Mrs. Charles Rose (Brownsville, Pa., Uniontown 

Second) 1.0( 

Agnes Lemon, Osborn City, Kansas 9.6< 

Rev. and Mrs. Harvie Funderburg (Dayton 

Hillcrest, Ohio) 10.0( 

Total 1-17-'51 $551.8' 


The following contributions to the Equipment Fund havi 
been received since General Conference — August, 1950 tc 
January 15, 1951. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Naugle, Windber, Pa $ lO.Od 

Mrs. Maude Webb, Goshen, Indiana lOO.Od 

Rev. and Mrs. G. C. Carpenter, Hollywood, Fla. . . 9.51' 

Etta Myles 4.0li 

Carl E. Boone, Wabash, Indiana 50.0ti 

National Woman's Missionary Society 200.0(1 

Total $373.5H 

Jean Shartle, Office Secretary. ; 



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Published wecblr, except the last week In Aofast and 
the last week in December. 

Ashland, Ohio 


J. E. Stookey, President Myron Kimmel, Vice-President 
J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 



Rev. E. M. Riddle Rev. W. S. Crick 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


Rev. Henry Bates, Church Methods 

Rev. D. B. Flora, Brethren Doctrine 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 

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CHANGE OF ADDRESS: In ordering chinge of addrell alwara 

givr both old and new addrrssc). 

REMITTANCES: Send all money, business commnnicationa, and coBlrik' 
Qted articles to; 


Battred as second class matter at Ashland, Ohio. Accepted for maltiai 

at special rate, section 1103. Act of October 3. 1917. Antboriaarf 

September 3. 1928. 

Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. The first Sunday in February has 
been set aside for their Building Fund OflFering. Again 
the goal is the usual amount of $1,250.00, with an effort 
being made to top this figure. 

The Woman's Missionary Society Mission Study Class 
was held on Friday evening, January 26th. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum reports that the 
Christian Endeavorers are planning to secure a projector 
for film strips and slides for the use of both the C. E. and 
the church. Since the District already owns a Movie Sound 
projector which can be used by the St. James people, this 
other type of projector was thought to be more valuable 
at the present time. 

The Loyal Ladies Class of the Sunday School is pur- 
chasing a new sink with built-in cabinets to be added to 
the kitchen. A new table is also to be built under the 
serving window. 

Pennsylvania District Laymen's Rally. Word concern- 
ing the Pennsylvania District Laymen's Quarterly Rally, 
which was sent to us by Brother W. C. Blough, came too 
late to serve as an announcement. The session was held 
in the Uniontown Brethren Church (formerly known as 
the Second Brethren Church) on Monday afternoon and 
evening, January 29th. Supper was seiwed by the ladies 
of the church. We will be looking for a full report of this 

Pittsburgh, Penna. We learn from the Pittsburgh bul- 
letin that Brother Alvin Grumbling has been called as pas- 

tor for another year of service vfitJi an increase in sal 
ary. Also that he has been elected as Vice President o. 
the Lawrenceville-Bloomfield Ministerial Association. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Par'k. We learn of the death o 
the mother of Brother J. G. Dodds in her home at Fallii 
City, Nebraska, a few weeks ago. Our sympathy goes ou 
to the bereaved family. 

We note that a Teacher Training Class is in progresij 
at the Firestone Park Church, mf.^ting on Thursday eve I 
nings. Credit is given to those taking the examination aj 
the close of the course. Anyone interested is permittee 
to take the course without examination if he or shf 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother S. M. Whetstone says that th( 
interest shown in the series, "Ten Wednesday Nights o: 
Evangelism," is proving very good. 

The service to honor Brother Robert Keplinger who was 
recently called to the ministry by the Dayton Church, was 
again scheduled for Sunday, January 28th. The suddei 
snow storm in early January caused postponement of thi 
former program scheduled. "Bob" who is a member of th( 
Ambassador Quartet, was announced as the speaker at the 
morning service. 

The ladies of the Hillcrest Church recently met at thf 
church to "do sewing for the lepers." 

Bryan, Ohio. Rev. Ross McGlennen, representative ol 
the Prohibition Party of Ohio, was the guest speaker ai 
the Sunday evening sei-vices on January 14th. 

Brother E. J. Black reports 238 for Sunday School or 
the first Sunday of the New Year; also 77 for Junioi 
Church and 190 for the Adult worship service, making t, 
total of 268 for the morning sei-vice. There were 110 preS' 
ent for the evening service, and 65 came for the pi-ayer-i 

A "Question Box" has been placed at the door of thel 
church for questions concerning the Bible. Brother Blacli 
says he will answer them "if he knows the answer." 

(Continued on page 10) 

24, 1951 

Mrs. E. A. Juillerat, Portland, Indiana $ 3.5( 

Mrs. Cora E. Brant, Harrisburg, P,enna l.OC 

Oakville, Indiana, Brethren 5.0{ 

Columbus Cooperative .Brethren (Ohio) 10.00 

F. S. Beeghley, Santa Paula, California 25.0C 

Carrie M. Stoffer, Haddix, Kentucky 5.0C 

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd L. Klotz, Somerset, Penna 2.0( 

David S. Hegler, Chillicothe, Ohio 5.0( 

Ellen G. Lichty, Pasadena, Calif 5.0( 

Idella Walters, Jackson, Mich 3.0( 

Vesta N. Hoover, Meyersdale, Pa 3.0C 

Mrs. Ida Himiller, Washington C. H., Ohio l.OC 

Nappanee, Indiana Brethren lOO.Ot- 

Previously reported $55.1.8'^ 

Total as of l-24-'51 $720.8^ 

Jean Shartle, Office Secretary. 

FEBRUARY 3, 1951 


Too Bad? Tes. It Isl 

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I like to let someone else 
think for me. This is one of those occasions. So, 
when I received .Brother John Byler's "Pastor's Helper" 
recently, I came across the following, which was titled, 
"Too Bad!" and as I read it, it set me to thinking! 

I pass it on to you, with the hope that it will also set 
you to doing some thinking. Here it is: 

"It looked easy enough, but walking into church last 
Sunday was one of the most difficult acts in John Lark- 
ner's life. You see, John hadn't been in church for sev- 
eral years. Even getting up in time for the morning ser- 
vice had required that he break his habit of sleeping late 
every Sunday. 

"Too bad that Richard Neighbor was absent from 
church on that particular morning. Richard had often 
asked John to come to the services. Somehow John had 
taken it for granted that his friend would be there, and 
he felt a trifle disappointed not to be able to surprise 

"Too bad that the usher who handed out the printed 
programs had to be away from his post for a few min- 
utes and failed to turn his task over to someone else. Of 
course, John remembered the order of service well enough; 
but there were some announcements on the folder that 
might have aroused his inte I'est in taking further part 
in the activities for the week. 

"Too bad that the choir had only had a few at prac- 
tice for the special music. John understood very little 
about music, still he could sense a lack of sureness and 
smoothness in the singing. 

"Too bad that the minister forgot his; usual words of 
welcome before the sermon. John would have realized that 
the remarks about welcoming 'the stranger within our 
midst' did not apply specifically to him. yet he would 
have liked the feeling of being wanted. 

"Too bad the sei-mon itself was 'generrd rather than 
an explanation and application of Bible truths. Though 
John did not realize it himself, be had cone to church 
with the hope of finding an answer to some of life's per- 
plexing problems. The end of the sermon left him with 
his desires unsatisfied. 

"Too bad that the finance committee had not been able 
to put the church on a better financial footing and that 
the minister, therefore, was forced to use part of his time 
talking about funds for an item that should have been 
covered in the regular church budget. John wondered 
whether it was this way every Sunday. 

'Too bad the Smithmoyer family had to hurry a^^ay 
after the service without stopping to chat for a few mo- 
ments with John. They knew him only slightly, so who 
could blame them for the overaight? But ordinarily they 
were such friendly pet)ple — it seemed a pity that they 
had no extra time on this particXilar Sunday." 

Thus ends the little article. There are a number more 
of "too Bads" that might be listed here, such as "Too bad 
the janitor (we call them custodians now) failed to ven- 
tilate the church properly that day." Or, "too bad the 
hymns chosen were all songs that the 'visitor' just couldn't 
stand." Or, "too bad the man the usher seated him by 
was one with whom he had had too many arguments and 
who was one of those who was 'always right' and seem- 
ingly liked nothing better than to get him in a hole." 

We might go on and on. No doubt you can supply others 
that would be our pet "too bads." 

"Rather foolish," you say. Yes, it would seem so. But 
the rather strange thing is that even if it is foolish, it, 
nevertheless, is all too tme. Tlie little niceties which go 
along to make the church service all that it should be 
are so common to those of us who are regular attendants, 
that when one of them is neglected or forgotten, we pass 
it over with little thought. For we realize that what is 
missing one Sunday usually is in evidence during the re- 
mainder of the year. But to one who just comes in once 
in a great while, well — that's different. We didn't mean 
to be thoughtless, or careless. It just happened that way. 
And we went home thinking very little about it. 

But not so the once-in-a-while attendant. He sees all 
— feels all. What was not done is more evident to him 
than what is done. Does he not have a perfect right to 
expect everything that he desired in a church service? 
It may be that this is one reason why many come to 
church once and do not retura. 

Sort of look over your church service next Sunday; see 
if any of the things that "John" of the above story missed 
are missing in the sei-vices of your chui-ch. Then ask your- 
self, "Wliat part have I to play in doing away with the 
'too bads' in my church?" The answer is somewhere. Do 
you have it? 

Think it over! 


Is It Right to build churches to save men's souls, and 
at the same time license shops that destroy men? 

Is It Right to license a man to sell that which will 
make a man drunk, and then punish him for getting 
drunk ? 

Is It Right to license a man to make paupers, criminals 
and insane, and then tax the sober people to support these 
paupers, ci-iminals and insane? 

Is It Right to license a saloon to breed vice, and then 
tax people for schools to teach virtue? 

Is It Right to derive revenue from a traffic which 
scientists, medical authorities, and educators cannot de- 
fend? —The Patriot. 



f^y/^td^L^^Qft ^^'"- '^^'^'^'^ Gi-umbling 

-By faith AbralMm, ivhen he was Oalled . . obeyed." Hebrews 11:8. 

IF WE ARE PERMITTED to judge in any way 
* at all, we might possibly say that Abraham had 
more sheer trust in God than most Biblical char- 
acters. By this I mean that he had no spectacular 
call from God, yet he followed God not knowing 
where he went. Moses, Isaiah, Paul and many 
others were called of God in unusual ways. But 
the scripture simply says that "the Lord said un- 
to Abram." Let's look at the story briefly. 

Abram lived in the Ur of Chaldees with his 
father and brothers, and later moved to Haran. 
Here God called him to go to a strange land. We 
don't know how Abram came to know God, but 
when he was called he obeyed. He trusted God 
simply on a promise. God said to go to a "land 
that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a 
great nation." Abram was simply given a prom- 
ise, yet he trusted God. 

Further than that, Abram was given a prom- 
ise which was not completely fulfilled until years, 
even centuries, after his death. Abram was prom- 
ised a seed, a great nation, yet Sarai, his wife, 
was barren. He was promised a land for an in- 
heritance, yet it was not occupied until Joshua's 
day. He was promised that through him all the 
nations of the earth would be blessed, yet he had 
no child and this was not really fulfilled until 
Christ's time. It takes almost sheer trust to fol- 
low with only this kind of promise. 

Abram took Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his 
nephew, and left Haran for Canaan. He came 
unto Sichem (Shechem) and there God promised 
him the land for an inheritance to his children. 
But the land was occupied by others, and Abram 
had no children. Yet he built an altar unto God 
and trusted Him. After this he went to Egypt and 
on returning he and Lot separated. And again God 
promised Abram a great seed and a great land, 
and he trusted God. Through years of fightii\g and 
wandering, the promise was renewed time after 
time, but without any sign of fulfillment. Yet 
Abram dared to trust God. At the age of ninety 
his name was changed to Abraham, father of a 
multitude, and the promise was remembered, but 
not fulfilled. But Abraham trusted God. 

It was not until Abraham was one hundred 
years old that the first evidence of fulfillment 
appeared. At this time Sarah bore him a son, 
Isaac, and at long last he had a seed as God had 
promised. At the age of seventy-five, he was 
called by God and given a promise; and for 
twenty-five years he wandered without a faintest 
sign of fulfillment of this promise. But in it all 
he dared to trust God. 

Now if this required a trust in God, that which 
followed required an even deeper trust. For as the 
child, Isaac, grew, Abraham loved him. Then the 
word of God came unto Abraham again and told 
him to offer his son as a sacrifice. God promised 
him a son; he had waited twenty-five years for 
the fulfillment; and then God told him to sacri- 
fice his promise on the altar. So Abraham jour- 
neyed into the mountain and prepared the sacri- 
fice. We know how God spared Isaac, but in the 
heart of Abraham, Isaac was already offered up 
unto God. In all of this Abraham dared to trust 
God, even to the extent of offering his son as a 
•■sacrifice unto God. It took a deep trust in God to! 
do what Abraham did. j 

He followed God on the strength of a promise,! 
which was not completely fulfilled until years 
after his death. I wonder just how many of us 
today have that kind of trust in God? In times 
such as this, when men's souls are tried as neveii 
before, we need just such a trust in God. Men and 
women today are called by God on the strength 
of a promise. God says if you will hear my call' 
and follow me, you will find eternal life. However,! 
we have the Bible and an endless list of men whcj 
have proved His word. With all of this we should 
have no doubt about trusting God. 

Abraham was promised a seed; but he had tc 
wait twenty-five years for it. He was promisee 
a laud; but it was not occupied until Joshua's 
time. He was promised that all the nations of the 
earth would be blessed through him ; but this was 
not fulfilled until the time of Christ. Yet he darec 
to trust God. Are there men and women todaj, 
who, like Abraham, will dare to trust God? 

— Pittsburgh, Penna. 

FEBRUARY 3, 1951 


How To Study Hie ]3ihle 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 

GOD'S TRUTH is "power unto salvation." How 
to get it into the hearts and h'^-O'^ n-f ^'-'-^ 
nasses has ever been the problem before thei 
[Christian Church. Ignorance of it is today as in' 
;he dark ages, the mother of bigotry and tyran- 

In the midst of this land of light and liberty 
;here is a shameful amount of the densest igno- 
•ance concerning the Book of books. A college 
student once asked me if Christ did not write 
;he whole Bible! A college professor in Pennsyl- 
vania submitted to his class a large number of 
luotations from Tennyson containing references 
;o leading Bible incidents, and they could not ex- 
jLain half of them. 

On the other hand, there never have so many 
Deople been reading the Bible as now. More Bibles 
ire being sold than any other book. With the 
present make-up of Bibles, with their maps, ta- 
bles, helps, concordances, subject index, there is 
10 one but that may become a Bible student if 
le wishes. 

I believe in everyone doing his own reading and 
thinking, as far as possible. People should be able 
:o take the position and intelligently defend it 
md say, "This is true," not because "our minister 
said it," but because they can say "1 can prove 

I want to briefly speak of several ways of Bible 
study I have found helpful by experience. 

1. The old way of simply opening the Book and 
reading it is good, if one has not more time for 
a better way. Continuous reading is better than 
promiscuous reading. One should always get their 
bearings before proceeding. For example, I have 
known some to stumble over 1 Corinthians 12:25, 
and other passages because they did not study 
the context. 

2. If one has the time and persistence the most 
complete way to study The Book is to take it "book 
by book." Study the life of the author; also the 
circumstances and purpose of the writing. Read 

the book six or eight times, and then make an 
outline of the events recorded and the teachings 
on the various subjects treated. Make heads and 
sub-heads. This method is rather difficult, but 
there is no royal road to proficiency in anything. 

3. If one will make a special study of the dif- 
ferent scripture tijpes, he will be surprised at the 
light it will throw upon the progress of revela- 
tion, and the relation between the old and the 
new dispensations — a point which confuses many. 

4. With a subject index one can make an inter- 
esting and profitable study of biographies. Read 
John 1:35-48, and 12:20-23, and see the char- 
acter of Philip and Andrew. Take Abraham or 
Joseph or Nehemiah or any character and collect 
all references to them and you will get many new 
glimpses of their character. 

5. One of the most fruitful and practical ways 
is the topic method. Take some subject, as the 
atonement, or the sabbath, or Christian living, or 
love, or faith, or repentance, or sin, and many 
others, and by means of a concordance, subject- 
index, and cross-references, find all the texts 
bearing on the subject and arrange them. 

This allows the Bible to interpret itself largely 
and prevents the narrowness which comes from 
isolating a passage and making a hobby of it. 

Take certain words, such as "remember," "be- 
ware," etc., and collect choice passages in which 
they are used. 

Study doctrines and the ordinances in this way. 
One ought to know what he believes and why he 
believes it. Maybe you as a member of the Breth- 
ren Church have never read John 13. A lady who 
had been a member of the church for many years 
confessed that she never had read it. 

6. One needs to go often to the Word for his 
own personal comfort. In bereavement, in joy, 
in perplexity, and in despair, one will find some- 
thing to cheer and inspire. It has been said that 
in the Psalms alone, "there is balm for every 



heart-ache, and a fitting expression for every emo- 
tion that stirs the soul." 

When you find a good passage label it: "for 
trouble"; "for sickness"; "for business"; etc. 

7. I am a great believer in "personal work." I 
want a religion with "go" in it. "Go ye out and 
constrain them." Now in doing personal work 
one meets all sorts of people with all sorts of ex- 
cuses — "I am good enough"; "Too many hyiDo- 
crites"; "I mean to after a while," and a multi- 
tude of others. Now you must be able to nail 
every objection by a thrust from the Word. Make 
a list of the excuses offered, and hunt up choice 
passages to meet each one. Make additions as ex- 
perience grows. Study Christ and the Apostles 
as personal workers. See how they dealt with 
doubt, with moral men, with hypocrites, and with 

There are many other ways of studying the 
Bible. Some study it for the history in it, and 
some for the ethnology. Students at West Point 
study it to learn the military tactics of Joshua 
and David. Some study it for its language and 
style; some for ideas and poetry, and some that 
they may vaunt themselves and cavil. 

One cannot understand, nor appreciate, the 
Bible aright without knowing something of con- 
temporaiy history; the circumstances and pur- 
pose of the book he is reading, and its connection 
with the whole. I have no sympathy with the 
illiterate who assumes that his interpretation of 
Sci'ipture is infallible. Once a minister said to 
me, "I read no book but my Bible," and 1 surmise 
that is one reason he does not know his Bible. 

Again, it pays to be systematic, and to outline 
and record work done. Often satan may be routed 
by a dart from the Word, if we have it at hand 
in our quiver. Often we must put our finger on a 
text to prove some doctrinal position. Often we 
long for a message to speak to the weak or dis- 
couraged. In the Word there is something for 
everyone and for every time. 

One needs the best Bible he can get; one for 
daily use, and not for ornament. Don't be afraid 
to mark it. Fill all the mai'gins. The marks will 
be valuable to you. Use different kinds of marks 
for different kinds of passages. 

We get out of any study largely what we put 
into it. No study can secure the "truth" unless 
conscientiously and without bias, the one doing 
the studying really searches for the truth. 

Be prayerful. "If any of you lack wisdom, let 
him ask of God," says James in James 1 :5. The 

Spirit teaches spiritual things, not to the high 
and mighty, the wise and prudent, but to spiritual 

Someone has said, "The Christian on his knees 
can see farther than the unbeliever through a tel- 

One cannot be spiritual without being obedient. 
"He that willeth to do his will shall know the 
doctrine." John 7:17. 



H. A. Gossard 

RECALLING the o.d threadbare claim so often heard, 
that "The Way to Heaven is like that of a city into 
which a traveler can enter from any direction, I propose 
this question, followed by a bit of opinion based on bib- 
lically supported logic: 

How can one arrive at a particularly defined place hav- 
ing but "One Way," unless he or she should get on that 
Way, stay on that Way and keep on going? 

Nowhere in God's WORD do we find more than "One 
WAY to Heaven. 

God's Son, the SAVIOR of all who call upon Him inr 
TRUTH, referring to himself said "I am the WAY the 
TRUTH and the LIFE, and no one cometh unto the FA- 
THER but by ME." 

Any one seeking to enter the Fold through some un- 
authorized Way is a Thief and a Robber; and into That 
FOLD Thieves do not break through! 

Seeking and finding a different WAY to Heaven is 
an impossibility. They who endeavor to do so will notj 
find Heaven at the journey-end. They will find themselves; 
self-placed in the class lower than that of Fools and thei 
Wayfarer. i 

It is self-evident that those seeking a Way different 
from that described in Holy-writ, do so because of their j 
unwillingness to make the humble sacrifice required; andi 
thus bar themselves from the HOLY CITY by traveling 
a WAY that leads directly from it. I 

— La Canada, California. | 

A friend of ours was telling about the old fashioned, 
prayer meeting she used to attend as she was growing! 
up; one of the dear old brothers always prayed this prayer: 

"We thank thee Lord that it's as well with us as what 
it is — it couldn't be much worse no how." 

Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your 
prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new mean- 
ing it, which will give you fresh courage, and you Willi 
understand that prayer is an education. — Brothers Kara- 
mazov-Dostoyevsky, Modern Library, page 395. 

Prayer can be a headlight in your darkest hours. 

i-EBRUARY 3, 19B1 



By Charles Emory Byers 

(With this issue we close the column "Burning Truth" 
vhich has been furnished us for several years by Brother 
;;harles Emory Byers. We appreciate those contributions 
vhich we have carried through the columns of the Evan- 
relist. — Editor) 

" — I feel it when I sorrow most: 
'Tis better to have loved and lost 
Than never to have loved at all." 

From In Memorium 
■ — Alfred Tennyson. 

No lover is ever a loser. Even if he loses by death or 
)therwise the one he loves, he has a greater capacity to 
ove. Thus his horizons are enlarged and his vision ex- 
panded. He is a greater man. He has acquired a fineness 
)f soul and character that he would not otherwise possess. 

Of course it would be better to gain the object of his 
ove tlian to lose. But even in such a loss there is a gain 
lot usually recognized. It begets in him a patience and 
forbearance that gives him balance and depth. In ajiy 
»vent he should be grateful for the privilege of a great 

Tennyson lost his dearest friend. He sorrowed for him 
for more than fifty years. At times his grief seemed great- 
jr than he could bear. But in the very depth of his grief 
he looked out through the darkness and saw the light that 
sustained him. Through his tears he saw the rainbow. He 
reasoned himself to the comfort that all may find, namely 
Ihat great experience enlarges the mind and spirit. He saw 
that his love had not been in vain, though his friend was 
gone. The experience of his love for the nobility and char- 
acter of his friend had done something vital to him. He 
was glad for that. It had made him far richer. 

It had really done more for him than he ever realized. 
It gave him ability to attain about all the success that 
ever came to him. It gave that vita'ity and broad com- 
prehension that poem after poem flowed from his pen 
colored with the hue of that great love. His character 
was purged and ennobled in the crucible of sorrow. 

The burning tiTjth has a definite corollary: No one can 
receive mo; e love than he gives. The two are a balanced 
ledger. It follows therefore that only people who are great 
lovers are greatly loved. A Lincoln can hold in his great 
heart the love of a whole nation which in turn loves the 
man in equal measure. The sum total of one equals the sum 
total of the other. 

It seems as if this is a good barometer of one's capac- 
ity to love and thus develop into a broad and vital per- 
sonality. Do not grieve if you have loved and lost. You 
may, if you will, still be a winner. 

Ten Commandments 

For Christian Parents: 

1. Thou shalt look upon thy child, not as a possession 
belonging to thee, but as a sacred ti-ust from God. 

2. Thou shalt be honest in all dealings with thy child, 
then honesty and obedience can be expected of him. 

3. Thou shalt regard thy child's i-espect and love, not 
as a duty to be demanded, but as an achievement to be 

4. Remember when thou .art out of patience with thy 
child's faults to take time to count ten — of thine own. 

5. Remember that the surest way to make it hard for 
thy child is to make it easy for him. He should learn 
early the duties of discipline and responsibility. 

6. Thou shalt have daily prayers and Bible reading with 
thy family, and thou shalt always thank God for food be- 
fore partaking of it. 

7. Thou shalt early teach thy child to love and trust in 
God, and thou shalt wisely help him to choose Jesus Christ 
as his Lord and Saviour. 

8. Remember that the example of thy life is more ef- 
fective than thy fault-finding and moralizing. 

9. Thou shalt practice the teachmgs of Christ in thy 
home by being kind, unselfish and loving. 

10. Remember the Sabbath day by worshipping God in 
thy church as a family, for this is necessary if thy home 
is to be truly Christian. G. H. Schroeder. 

— Warsaw, Indiana, Bulletin. 

Keep Jour Place 

The peace which Jesus gives 
life's machinery. 

the oil in the cogs of 

Great troubles arise from things getting out of their 
place, and one of the worst things out of place is a man. 
Yet nothing is more common than to see men who seem 
out of place. There are little men in big places, and there 
are big men in little places; there are round men in square 
places, and square men in round places; there are ig- 
norant men lording it over men who are wiser than they; 
and bad men tyrannizing over men the latchet of whose 
shoes they are not worthy to stoop down and unloose; 
there are rogues to whose custody is intrusted the prop- 
erty of widows and orphans; there are scoundrels who 
occupy positions of honor and responsibility; there are 
traitors who hold the reins of government; there are men 
of blameless lives, incorruptible and noble, who yet are 
distrusted and despised and rejected of men. 

It is a great thing for a Christian man to seek to 
know his place, to find out where God would have him 
be, and what God would have him do, and how He would 
have him conduct himself. There is some one place in the 
world where, under Divine providence, we may be most 
useful, and in the fullest sense a blessing to those around 
us. But if through some restless uneasiness or vain am- 
bition we leave that place, and by striving after high 
things, or through discontent or vanity, choose another 
course, we may do ourselves incalculable and long-last- 
ing injury. Let us find our respective places, and then 
let us keep them, in the fear of the Lord, and with ear- 
nest desire to know and do His will. — H. L. H. 



The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 

In reading graphic eye accounts of civilian 
sufferings in Korea, I have not been able to 
forget the thousands of devout Christians 
there. Remembe^r that Korea lias been the out- 
staiiding example of missionary success in the 
East. These are the people that attend early 
morning prayer meetings by the thousands. 
These are the people who have exemplified 
apostolic Christianity more tlmn any cli/wrch 
that I know. — Sidney Correll. 




In the town in North China where my parents laboured 
for fifty yeai-s and where I grew up as a boy, there is a 
little orphanage for homeless girls which the mission 
picks up from doorsteps, streets and gutters. These girls 
— only twenty of them now — range from babes in arms 
to teen-age young women. 

When the Communists swept down through North 
China, the missionaries stayed on, but the Chinese church 
there asked them to leave. "We feel it would be better for 
you and for us," they said. "You will bring less embar- 
rassment to us if you let us ride out the storm alone." 
And so the missionaries withdrew. 

This left the orphanage in the hands of a young Chinese 
nurse. Foreign money was cut oflf, but the orphanage 
carried on, buying wheat on the market, grinding it in 
their mill, and making bread to sell. The little mission 
donkey was sold because they couldn't afford to keep it, 
and the girls, putting blinders on their eyes to keep them 
from getting dizzy, took turns going around the stone mill 
all day long, grinding wheat. 

The Communist officials soon felt that the testimony 
of the orphanage was too strong, and so one day this 
young nurse was called before the people's court and sen- 
tenced to death. 

When the little girls heard that, they went down on 
their knees and prayed and prayed. And something hap- 
pened. The officials could never come and take the young 
nurse to be executed. 

A little later the nurse was brought to trial again, and 
again she was sentenced to death. Again something hap- 
pened; the execution wasn't carried out. There was a 
third trial and a fourth, and at the fourth sentence of 
death, the Communist official in charge stood up in a rage, 

"Give me a rope," he stormed. "I will go and bind and 
execute her myself! I don't believe there's any God pro- 
tecting her." 

Again, as this news came to the little orphanage, the 
girls went down on their knees. Presently the Communist 

HuTse Who 

Qouldn't Be 


Sten Liv4berg 

official, rope in hand, and followed by the executioners, 
came marching down the dusty street. But just as he put 
his foot in the front doorstep, something happened; he 
suddenly doubled up in agony, and had to be carried 

A few months later, when the Communists evacuated 
the city and Nationalists took over, the new mayor in- 
vited the Chinese nurse and the girls at the orphanage 
to share the protection of the city's inner bastion. Once 
more there was prayer at the orphanage, and while pray- 
ing the nurse was reminded of Psalm 118:8: "It is better 
to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." 

That very night, after she had told the mayor that she 
and the girls felt led to stay where they were, the Com- 
munists unexpectedly came back, stormed the inner bas- 
tion and, so people told me, kiUed or carried away three 
thousand persons. But the little group of God's people 
at the orphanage was left safe and sound. 

(Moody Monthly.) — The Prophetic News. 

A Tamily Is Bverybody's Susiness 

A Christian family is a cooperative enterprise! 

The duties of each member of the family may vary 
considerably. Upon the father there may rest the re- 
sponsibility for providing the family income; upon the 
mother may develop the responsibility for managing the 
limited I'esources so that all may have the necessities of 
life; upon the children as they grow up there may fall 
the obligation to share the duties of both father and 

But upon all members of the home there rests an ob- 
bligation to make a contribution to the spirit of the home, 
for it is that intangible something called "spirit" which, 
in the last analysis, makes home the best beloved spot 
on earth. 

Every member of the family can, and is under a holy 
duty to, contribute to the laughter, good humor, and 
merry mood of the home. Any individual member of the 
family circle who is guilty of silencing the laughter of 

FEBRUARY 3, 1951 


;he home, or introducing into it the spirit of fear, is a 
traitor to the entire household. 

No father has contributed all he owes to his home 
ivhen he has provided it with things. Not until he has 
idded to its spirit of contentment, merriment, and self- 
respect has he begun to do his duty. 

The mother who works so hard taking care of the home 
;hat she is irritable and critical when the family returns 
n the evening time is defeating herself and undermining 
;he morale of the home. 

The youth who accepts all the graciousness of the home, 
)7ithout contributing to the satisfactions of his parents by 
)bedient and respectful living is an ingrate. 

Mother's cooking may be the best in the neighborhood, 
md father's ability to provide for his family may be the 
;nvy of all who know them, but the spirit of the home is 
incomplete without the contribution that each child is 
apable of making — a contribution that no one else is able 
:o make. 

"Beatrice has become a terrible burden in our home," 
)ne mother confessed to the family's pastor. "She comes 
lome like a storm cloud. Her surly ways and sharp 
;ongue make every meal a thing to be dreaded. Her anger 
las spoiled evening after evening for her father and me. 
iVe do not ask her for a cent of her wages for the upkeep 
)f the home; all we expect of her is that she shall con- 
.ribute her share of the good humor of the household." 

If a home is to be a household of happiness then evei-y 
nember of the family must make some contribution. 
It is a terrible thing to be a leach on those we .love. 

— Stewardship Magazine. 

Firemen stai-ted a fire in which two men were burned 
;o death. They were burning up a weed patch when they 
.vere horified to see two screaming figures with their 
;lothing ablaze, who ran about wildly in their agony. The 
Fire Chief reached one of the screaming victims and 
smothered the flames with an overcoat, but the other man 
n his terror eluded the firemen and ran until he collapsed. 
Both men died in the liospital. They had gone to sleep 
n the weedpatch and did not wake up until they were on 

And this is going to be the awful experience of a mul- 
titude of people. They lie down in the weed patch of 
fforldliness, and will never wake up until the flames of 
lell seize upon them. Othei-s go to sleep in the church, 
thinking they are all right because they are doing the 
jest they can; but they too will wake up too late. When 
Jrod Himself has issued such fearful warnings about this 
3lace of torment, one would think that people would pay 
ittention, and make sure they escaped this awful place. 

Make no mistake, dear friend, this think can happen 
:o you: and it will happen to you if you don't hurry and 
;ome to the Saviour, accepting the way of escape which 
He has provided. — Selected. 

Fever never peys! —Mr. William Watkins Reid of the 
Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Metho- 
dist Church, remarks: "If it were commercially profitable 
to some men that others suffered and died from yellow 
fever, would the government stop its vast program of 
draining swamps, of screening against mosquitoes, of im- 
munizing those who work in hazardous places? Would it 
license men to spread the conditions which breed the mos- 
quito and expose men to the infection? Would it protect 
the nefarious trade because of a tax from it — even a tax 
to operate hospitals to cure victims of the disease? Yet, 
is not that what we are doing when we license and pro- 
tect those who keep active and enhance the causes of 
alcoholism? The glamorized signs which advertise "wine," 
"whiskey," "beer," might better bear the words "insanity," 
"degeneration," "death." 

i|j J|j ||j 

Alculiolism a Disease ? — The Rev. Herbert E. Eberhardt, 
secretary of the International Union of Gospel Missions 
and superintendent of the Central Union Mission of Wash- 
ington, D. C, suggests that alcoholism is a unique sick- 
ness : 

If drunkenness, or alcoholism, is a disease, then we 
would like to compare it with other sicknesses in seven 
respects : 

1. It is the only disease which we advertise to the tune 
of almost 130 million dollai-s annually. 

2. It is the only disease which we propagate to the tune 
of three billion gallons of liquor consumed annually, or 
more than twenty gallons per man, woman, and child in 
the United States. 

". It is the only disease which we legalize to the tune 
of 447,000 retail liquor permits in drug stores, gi-oceries, 
hotels and wherever our women and children must go for 
the necessities of life. 

4. It is the only disease which we commercialize, the 
annual drink bill being close to nine billion dollars. 

5. It is the only disease vvhich is voluntarily self-im- 
posed. Not one of the four million excessive drinkers, 
many of them alcoholics, in America ever became an alco- 
holic without willfully taking a drink and continuing to 
drink. This is not true of any other sickness. 

(i. It is the most deadly of all diseases, for it destroys 
both soul and body. No other sickness however malig- 
nant can kill a man's soul But the disease of alcoholism 
will and does, as evidenced by the estimated cost of crime 
in the State of Massachusetts alone, resulting from liq- 
U01-, of sixty-one billion dollars in one year, to say noth- 
ing of the intangible by-products. 

7. Finally, we are glad to say this is a disease which is 
curable for all who wish to escai>e its malignancy. Thank 
God, there is a remedy for this disease available to all. 
Tliere is no incurable case in the sight of God. 

When I enter a church I'm always comforted if I find 
Bibles in the pews. How do you feel about it? 

Some people attend Sunday services to be re-surfaced 
for the traffic of the week. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. E. Meyer reports that 
thirty laymen were in attendance at their local laymen's 
meeting on Tuesday night, January IGth. Superintendent 
of Schools, William Kendall, was guest speaker, and the 
High School Quartet brought special music. 

Peter Van Worden of Amsterdam, Holland, was the 
featured speaker at a Youth meeting in the Nappanee 
Church on February 1st. He had spent several years in a 
German Concentration Camp during World War II. 

Peru, Indiana. Brother J. Milton Bowman reports that 
their Sunday School attendance for the last quarter was 
43% above the average of the past six years. 

He also says that they had a fine communion service 
with an increase in pai-ticipants of 38% over the former 

For Correction in Your Annual. Please make the fol- 
lowing change in your Annual on page 59. The Denver, 
Indiana, Church Secretary's name should be Mrs. Fred- 
erick Van Duyne, instead of the spelling printed. Please 
make this change. 

If there are other mis-spellings or incorrect addresses, 
we would appreciate receiving them. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother White says that the up- 
stairs rooms of the parsonage have been taking on a new 
dress. The Welcome Class of the Sunday School provided 
the funds for it. 

We also learn from Brother White's bulletin that the 
Spring Young People's Camp of the Central District is to 
be held in Waterloo, Iowa, from March 30th to April 1st. 
The Sunday morning program will include a Communion 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentle reports that 
on Sunday, January 14th, twenty-five people were given 
recognition for perfect attendance in Sunday School. The 
periods of attendance ranged from one year to ten years. 
Frances Glessner received an award for perfect attend- 
ance for ten years. 

On Sunday, January 14th, invitation was given to ac- 
cept Christ at the close of the morning service, and five 
came forward for first time confession; four for rededi- 
cation of life, and one for church membership. Baptismal 
rites were to be administered on Sunday evening, Janu- 
ary 28th. 

Seventy-one were present at the Waterloo Watch Night 

Udell, Iowa. Brother W. R. Deeter writes: "Sub-zero 
weather put a bit of a damper on our 'Ground-breaking' 
for the new annex yesterday (January 21st), but we 
went ahead and had it. Took a number of pictures. Will 
be sending some when they are developed. I am anxious 
to get to 'hammering nails and sawing boards.' I am to 
address the eighty graduating students from the local 
Bible College at CentervilLe, Iowa, soon." 

Morrill, Kansas. Brother Robert Bischof is asking his 
congregation to suggest subjects and scriptures from 
which they would like him to bring a message. This should 

give both pastor and people an opportunity to be mutual-| 
ly helpful. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming. .Brother Frank W. Garber virrites,! 
"The work here is going along quite well. Our attendance 
and interest is growing by the week. In fact the attend- 
ance has almost doubled in the past sixty days." 



A Thought for This Wee\ 

B. F. Burkhart 


It isn't merely a question of doing something wrong, 
it is often that we fail to do something good. One is a 
sin as well as the other. Perhaps a group is discussing 
the pastor when he is absent; his shortcomings are called 
to the attention of all; his mannerisms are commented' 
upon and perhaps even his tastes in food are talked about; 
But you sit silent. You hear the things that are being, 
said, but you think why get into the argument; why open 
your mouth in such a group ? And you could have re- 
marked upon the sincerity, the faithfulness, the relig- 
ious zeal of your pastor. You keep silent, and later feel 
feel ashamed and you know you have committed a sin. 
That night, at prayers, you ask God to forgive you, but 
you know you have failed; in something that you shouldi 
not have failed; something that was your privilege and' 
your duty to do. You pray for strength and promise t» 
be on guard the next time. 

Do you sin by omitting to do things that you should Tij 


The Weather Test — Are you a sailboat Christian — ^mak, 
ing progress in the Lord if the winds are favorable? Oij 
are you a tugboat Christian — plowing right ahead ever 
though the gales are against you? i 

Tlie Won~y Test — "If you trust you do not worry; i) 
you worry you do not trust." Have you found that Hi 
keeps him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him 
because he tmsts in God? 

The Worldliness Test — Do you think as the worli 
thinks; go where the world goes; act as the world actsi 
Does your life give evidence of having your affectiom 
set on things above, not on things on the earth? 

The Wallet Test — What proportion of your incomi 
last year was turned over for the work of the Lord? Wa: 
it at least as much as the tithe which the Jew paid befor 
the grace of God was revealed in Christ? 

THe Work Test — How much of your energy is bein,' 
given to the work of the Lord? Is it a reasonable pro 
portion of what you are expending in the day-by-daj 
task of making a living? i 

The Witnessing Test — Are you by life and lip com| 
mending Christ so that He is attractive to those wh' 
do not know Him as a personal Saviour and Lord? Is th' 
vote of your life for Him or against Him? 

— Excihang' J 

EBRUARY 3, 1951 


13its of IBrethren hjistonf 

By Rer. Harrie Funderburg 

R. Z. Replogle was born at New Enterprise, Pennsyl- 
ania, April 24, 1846. His father, David L. Replogle, was 

son of Rineliart Replogle. 

Rinehart was one of the early settlers in Morrison's 
k)ve. He lived at the head of Three Spring Run from 
arliest recollection till his death, which occurred in April 
f 1862. His wife was Elizabeth Long. Hence David L. 
leplogle, father of R. Z., means David Long Replogle. 

David L., Father of R. Z., was married to Rosannah 
look, daughter of Daniel Zook. Here we have Rinehart 
look Replogle. The custom of uniting family names was 
Imost universally practiced in earlier days throughout 
lomson's Cove. 

R. Z. Replogle was reared on a farm at New Enter- 
irise. In the barn on tliis farm was held the Annual Meet- 
ng of 1877, where the famous "Standing Coat Collar" 
lecame prominent, and for the lack of which a noted min- 
ster in the German Baptist Church was told he was not 
n the order, and hence was not allowed to speak. 

He attended the public school till reaching the age of 
wenty-one. He never attended any but public schools. He 
vas married on October 15, 1868 to Mary A. Furry, 
laughter of Jacob Furry of New Enterprise, she being 
he granddaughter of Elder Leonard Furry. 

He was baptized on June 13, 1876 by his grandfather 
■■urry. He was elected to the ministry in the New Enter- 
irise Church in 1880. In 1882 he held his first "protracted" 
neeting at the Walker Church in Somerset County, Penn- 
ylvania. He attended the Arnold's Grove Annual Meet- 
ng in 1882 for the purpose of helping to prevent the 
onfirmation of the Berlin Committee report. His feelings 
ipon the subject were expressed as follows: "If con- 
irmed I will rend the church from the Atlantic to the 
^acific." Failing to accomplish his purpose, he was one 
)f the movers to present a Memorial Petition to Annual 
Vleeting for a compromise and was one of the commit- 
«e to draft the Memorial. 

He manifested his zeal for the cause of the Progres- 
five Movement by walking a few miles to attend the first 
:alled meeting. He attended the Ashland Convention in 
1882, and the Dayton Convention in 1883. He and eleven 
Jthers were expelled from the German Baptist Church by 
I committee, and a Brethren Church was organized at 
New Enterprise. He ministered to these people in part, 
until W. L. Spanogle became pastor. 

He was pastor of the Johnstown Church from Febru- 
iry 1, 1885 to August 1, 1886, a period of eighteen 
nonths. After severing his relations as pastor of said 
charge, he held "protracted" meetings at Summit Mills, 
Berlin and Stony Creek, and in the Valley of Virginia. 

Brother Replogle lived in Johnstown at the time of 
;he great flood. He had a thrilling experience during that 
nemorable occasion, an account of which was published in 

he "Brethren Evangelist" under the title of "Johnstown 
Flood." His house was overturned by the flood. There 
vere thirteen persons in the house at the time, two 

neighbor's children, Mrs. Replogle's sister, Mrs. Aaron 
and daughter, who were visiting at the time. Mrs. Aaron 
and her child were drowned, but all the rest were res- 

Brother Replogle had done a great amount of pi-each- 
ing in various places with acceptance. 

The Minister's Call 

The minister called upon one of his parishioners who 
had grown lax in his church duties and asked him for a 
subscription to the church budget. 

Before he had finished his request he was impatiently 
interrupted: "It seems to me," said the member, "that 
this church is always asking for money." "It is," an- 
swered the minister and then continued: 

"I had a little boy once. When he began to grow he 
was always costing me something. He was ever needing 
shoes, stockings, or clothing of some sort; but one day he 
died and he does not cost me a dollar now." 

and of growth. Body, mind and soul have their needs, 
and they must be met continually. 

When the church is constantly needing funds it is con- 
vincing evidence that the ahurch is alive and growing. 
A dead church is different. — Exchange. 

How About It ? 

We're a mile and a half from churcli, you know. 

And it rains today, so we can't go. 
We'd go ten miles to a party or show. 

Though the rains should fall and the winds should 
But if it rains on Sunday, we just can't go. 

But we always go to things we like. 
And we ride if we can; if we can't, we hike. 

We're a mile and a half from church, you know. 

And a tire is flat, so we can't go. 
We'd fix it twice to make a visit. 

And if there's a ball game, we wouldn't miss it. 
We'd mend the tire if at all we could. 

And if we couldn't. we'd go afoot, 
For hunting pleasure is all the style. 

So the church will have to wait awhile. 

We're a mile and a half from church, you know, 

And our friends are coming, so we can't go. 
To disappoint our friends would seem unkind, 

But to neglect worship we don't mind. 
We don't mind what our soul is worth. 

So long as we please our friends on earth. 
When we come near to the end of our days. 

We'll go to church and mend our ways. 

— Exchange. 





W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by oermissioD." 

Topic for February 18, 1951 


Scripture: I Cor. 12:12-19; Gal. 2:11-21 

For The Leader 

TESUS SPOKE OF A GREAT brotherhood. He pieached 
it in His messages. He lived its principles in His daily 
life. It was the brotherhood that had God as the heaven- 
ly Father, Christ the elder Brother and all believers as 
Brethren in the Lord. The doctrinal facts of this brother- 
hood are given in the Corinthian passage in our scriptuie 
lesson. Note that this is not according to the modernistic 
falsehood of today, that God is the Father of all men, 
and all are brothers the world ovei-. It is well also to note 
that even though brotherhood in Christ is not popular to- 
day, yet the fact remains that this is the only true broth- 
erhood mentioned in " the Bible. A careful study of this 
basic fact will tend to make us stronger in our belief of 
the w,ay of the true brotherhood of Christians. 


1. THE WAY IN. The scriptures very distinctly demon- 
strate that there are two families, or brotherhoods in the 
world. Jesus said to the unrighteous, "Ye are of your 
father, the Devil." He also said to all who would claim 
God as their Father, "Ye must be bom again." Without 
going into lengthy theological discussions as to the whys 
and wherefores, the fact remains that we are born into 
the family of sin and the Devil, and that only by a re- 
birth, spiritually, can we enter into the family of God. 
Jesus died on the cross, and through His atoning work, 
made possible the new birth. ".Because I live, ye shall live 
also." The way into the family of God has been opened. 
It is also free! The requirements consist of a faith in 
Christ as the Son of God; an acceptance of His atoning 
work on the Cross as a substitute covering for our own 
condemning sin, and an obedience to His comm.ands, plus 
following in His way of daily living. 

2. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do you think that the 
fiendish, devilish, murdering men of the world are God's 
children? Do you think they are created in His likeness, 
or do you think rather they are created in the likeness of 
sin and the Devil ? Do you think the God-cursers, users 
of profanity, immoral young people today, are God's pre- 
cious children ? Do you think with cursings on their breath 
and lust in their heart they will enter, at death, the beau- 
tiful palaces of glory promised to the children of God? 
We don't. But we do believe that they contain in their 
bodies, precious souls which need to be redeemed from sin 
by their faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ. And we 
believe also that each Christian young person is to be a 
personal missionary to them with the gospel. That is why 
we must always walk the Christian way as an example 
to them. How can they become Christian if they do not 
see Christ glorified in our lives? 

3. TESTING OTHER FAITHS. By other faiths i; 
meant such religious bodies as Jews, Roman Catholics 
etc. Are they Christian? What about Buddhists, Moham- 
emdans, and others ? Well, young people, we need to studji 
carefully what they do believe before we decide. It ii 
most fortunate that our subject tonight is "Neighbors oil 
other faiths," instead of "Brothers of other faiths." For 
while the council which picks the topics never dreamec: 
that we would take this viewpoint, yet it is worthy tt 
note that neighbors of other faiths are not necessarilj 
brothers of other faiths. And here is where our "test' 
comes in. We are commanded to test the spirits. If Christ 
is upheld as the Divine Son of God, if Christ is proclaimecl 
as the one and only Saviour, if we are to worship Hinii 
and none other, then it is a true faith. 

4. SOME ANALYSIS. Do the Roman Catholics proclain-, 
Chiist as the divine son of God? Yes. Do they tell theii; 
people to worship Him, and Him only? No! Therefore) 
because they have saddled upon their people the pagan' 
practice of idolatry, it is definitely not a true faith! Be- 
cause they ask the people to worship Mary, and praj; 
through St. Christopher, and a multitude of other shrinesi 
of rotted bones, when the scriptures distinctly teach m' 
to worship only God, it is a false religion. Because thej' 
tell their people that the priest behind his little screen has 
the power to forgive sin, when the scriptures teach thati 
Christ is the only sin-Tjearer and mediator between Godi 
.and man, it is definitely a false religion. What about the| 
Jewish religion? To the Jew, Christ was an impostor, 
and they ordered Him killed because of His claim to bel 
the Son of God, and of His power to forgive sins. The' 
Jews have never changed their doctrine in this respect. 
These three, Protestant, Catholic and Jew, all have the 
same God, but only Protestantism (and sadly, far too 
many of these groups have lost their faith) has the Christ ^ 
as the sin-bearer and mediator between a just God andjl 
sinful man. J 

5. A NARROW FIELD. We realize that our words this; 
evening will not find full support by many otherwise con-i; 
scientious Christian Brethren. In order to be peaceabki' 
and cooperative, many have grown lax in convictions andj 
give assent to the doctrines so falsely spread around us.' 
We are willing to swallow the teachings of Catholics 
Jews, and "jelly fish" Protestants that all nien are broth- 
ers. We go along with their ideas that sin is a dead issue 
and all men will eventually end up in heaven. The scrip 
tures teach a broad way with ni=iny travelers on the roac 
to destruction. The scriptures teach also of a narrow way: 
to eternal life, with few travelers. And who of us dare! 
to argue with the scriptures? Jesus plainly teaches that' 
the way to eternal glory is a nari'ow road. This way we 
have outlined earlier in this lesson. Re-study these notes 
tonight. Study the scriptures referred to, look them up in 
your concordance. Then come to your own conclusiom 
about just who are members of the one true church o) 
Christ, and just who is not. No, we don't mean for yoi 
to judge individuals, but judge their faiths. Then reraemi 
her that the writer of these notes did not set the standi 
ards of this lesson. Remember that God's Holy Woro 
iloes that for us. 

What have you done today that nobody but a Christ 
tian should do ? 

'EBRUARY 3, 1951 


Prayer flleeting 


Vhen the plants of our great cities have turned out their 
last finished work; 

Vhen merchants have sold their last yard of silk and dis- 
missed their last tired clerk; 

Vhen our banks have raked in their last dollar and paid 
the last dividend; 

Vhen the Judge of the earth says, "Close up for the 
night," and asks for a balance; 

Vhen the choir has sung its last anthem, and the preacher 

has made his last prayer; 
Vhen the people have heard their last sermon, and the 

sound has died out on the air; 
Vhen the Bible lies closed on the altar, and the pews 

are all empty of men; 
i.nd each one stands fating his record; and the great 

book is opened; 


Vhen the actors have played the Last drama; and the 
mimic has made his last fun, 

Vlien the film has flashed its last picture, and the bill- 
board displayed its last run; 

Vhen the crowds seeking pleasure have vanished, and 
gone out in the darkness again; 

Vhen the trumpet of ages is sounded, and we stand up 
before Him; 


Vhen the bugle call sinks into silence, and the long 
marching columns stand still, 

Vhen the captain repeats his last orders, and they've cap- 
turned the last fort and hill, 

^nd the flag has been hauled from the mast head, and 
the wounded afield checked in; 

^nd a world that rejected its Savior, is asked for a 
reason — 


— Selected. 


kripture: Revelation 6:12-17 

OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON has reference to the Great 
Tribulation (Matt. 24:21), which comes after the 
jord has received His bride, the Church (Matt.. 25:6, 10; 
lev. 19:7). No one knows when the day of his death 
vill take place (Heb. 9:27), nor does anyone know at 
vhat hour the Lord will return (1 Thess. 5:2, 3). There- 
ore it behooves all to be ready for Heaven at all times 
Isa. 55:6, 7). 

We have every inducement to be ready (Num. 21:9; 
fohn 3:16; Heb. 4:15, 16). God has provided a Sin-Bear- 

er for us (Isa. 53:5, 6). The law could not save us (Rom. 
10:14). Old Testament sacrifices could not sanctify us 
(Heb. 10:5, 10). Our sin demanded the sacrifice of our 
Kinsman-Redeemer (Heb. 10:14). His blood satisfies the 
righteous demands of the law against us (1 John 2:1, 2). 
His blood saves the penitent sinner (1 Peter 1:18, 19). 
We are either under the blood or guilty of the blood (Psa. 
130:3). God will certainly reckon with the sinner (Nahum 
1: 2, 3, 5, 6; Luke 13:5). Better be safe than sorry (Matt. 
24:36, 40, 42, 44)! 

Les.son Hymn: "There's a Great Day Coming." 

Let all pray for the unsaved. 

Gommeuts on the Lesson h\j the Editor 

Lesson for P'ebriiary 11, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 6:34-44 

THE 1\]EY WORDS that express the important idea 
that should become the basis of our thinking in this 
lesson are found in six words in our very first verse, and 
are found also in our Golden Text: "And Jesus . . . was 
moved with compassion ..." 

We pause for a moment to look at that word "com- 
passion." Even a common dictionary definition gives us a 
great deal to think about, for it tells us that compassion 
is "pity for suffering, with a desire to help or to spare." 
The word itself comes in its derivation from "com" — 
together, and "patior" — suffering. So, in reality, com- 
passion is the act of taking on the suffering of others, 
with the thought of being helpful in alleviating that pain 
or suffering. It is quite easy to pity someone who is suf- 
fering or who is in trouble, but it is quite another mat- 
ter to step up beside that individual and lend a helping 
hand, with no thought of return. 

The first verse of our lesson is quite intriguing when 
we come to study it closely. We note that when Jesus 
saw the great multitude of people that had followed Him 
and His disciples around the lake when they had tried 
to go "secretly" across the lake, seeking rest from the 
crowds, that He "had compassion on them," because He 
knew that they were seeking something about which they 
had far too little knowledge. They were like a flock of 
sheep that had no shepherd to guide them, and they were 
running to and fro aimlessly, not knowing just what to 
do to save themselves from the wolves of the world of 

So Jesus began just where it was essential that He be- 
gin — "he began to teach them many things." If we turn 
to Matthew 5, 6 and 7, we will get the substance of what 
He taught them. In our lesson today Mark is seemingly 
not so interested in the teaching which Jesus gave them, 
as he is in what happened to the multitude. Out of that 



multitude of people must have come very many who, hav- 
ing seen the miracle of the multiplied loaves and fishes, 
believed on Jesus and accepted more readily those teach- 
ings which He had given them throughout the day. It is 
plain that Mark is interested in the reaction of the peo- 
ple to the work of Jesus. 

When we i-ead the words of Matthew in chapters 5 to 
7, the sermon on the mount, as we know it, we find that 
we have consumed about fifteen minutes of time or it may 
be even less. And we get to wondering how so few teach- 
ings could occupy a whole day. Nothing is said in either 
Matthew or Mark that has to do with other activities than 
the "teaching of many things." The very fact that Mark 
says that Jesus "had compassion on them," when the 
real meaning of the word is applied, is sufficient evidence 
that Jesus did much more than "teach them." He must 
have found many in that great multitude who needed His 
ever-present "Son (or daughter) thy sins be forgiven 
thee," which preceded the healing of the bodily ailment. 
To heal a body is wonderful; but to heal a soul is Di- 

We need to make this lesson practical. We are living 
in a world full of people who are "as sheep without a 
shepherd." These people need to be touched with the Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ. Tliey have souls that need saving; 
but they also have mouths that need feeding. It is pretty 
hard to do anything constructive with a hungry man until 
you feed him. We need to learn the real meaning of the 
word "compassion." 

James sensed this constant failure on the part of man 
when he wrote (James 2:14-17) — "What doth it profit, 
my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have 
not works ? can faith save him ? If a brother or sister be 
naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto 
them. Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwith- 
standing ye give them not those things which are need- 
ful for the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if 
it hath not woi-ks, is dead, being alone." 

Jesus was concerned over the need of humanity. Are 
\\e? And if we are, how much are we doing about it? 
Do we ever deny ourselves anything that those in less 
fortunate circumstances may have an opportunity to enjoy 
even the mere necessities of life ? Is our whole time and 
effort spent in personal satisfaction, or do we constantly 
think of our relation to others about us and seek to have, 
not mei-e pity, but a real "compassion" upon them? 



The Sergeantsville and Calvary Brethren * 

Churches of New Jersey are without a pastor. Will * 

any Brethren Minister, who may be interested in * 

this circuit pastorate please contact either of the * 

undersigned church secretaries? * 

Ida S. Leigh, Sergeantsville, New Jersey * 

Vianna Hackett, Hampton, New Jersey. 



Just a little news from the Flora, Indiana, Brethre) 

Rev. C. C. Grisso ended his supply pastoral work wit' 
us on December 31st. We were truly grateful to him fo 
his fine interesting and commendable ministry with u; 
through the time we were without a resident pastor. 

On Sunday, January 7th, Rev. C. A. Stewart, former! 
the pastor of the New Paris Brethren Church, began hi 
work with us and moved into the parsonage on Monda' 
the 8th. The "Van" was late in getting to Flora hecaus' 
of the winter weather and other unavoidable conditions 
but all was in readiness for its arrival. A few telephon 
calls soon brought in help to get the "Van" unloadec 
Rev. and Mi>s. Stewart were busy the balance of the wee 
getting the house changed into their home. Brother Stew 
art now has the difficult task of making the acquaintanc 
of the membership and finding their homes. 

At our business meeting we planned for a two wee 
evangelistic meeting, which is to be held by Rev. Stewai 
in March. | 

We have indeed been blessed as a church to have bee! 
able to have our work so faithfully performed througj 
the summer, and also we are fortunate in securing sucj, 
a fine, sincere minister to carry on with the mission c|| 
the church. !! 

All departments of our Sunday School are functioninlj 
in an interested and progressive manner. The Primar. 
and Junior Department Superintendents and teachei 
prepared a Christmas program for the evening of Decen' 
ber 17th. Our attendance the past year has been ver 
satisfactory. We have a large number of young peop) 
and children that are a real incentive to future planninj 
that they might help, and also receive the benefits thfl 
only Christian fellowship and church affiliations can 6l 
fer to the youth of this time of uncertainty. 

Our Woman's Missionary Society and Sisterhood (I 
Mary and Martha are active, with good leaders and ii 
terested members. 

Mrs. Raymond Jones, Cor. Sec. 


A Boston church member, having been delayed aboi) 
calling for his washing, went to the Chinese laundry C 
Sunday morning, found it closed. Owner was a Christian 

Yoii can't put things across by getting "CROSS." 

'EBRUARY 3, 1951 


Something To Think About 

The church has made many changes, and is in the pro- 
ess of change all the time. Most of these changes are 
LOt made suddenly but are in process, sometimes for 
'ears. Then we waken to see what has happened. They 
nay be seen only by trends, that point in ceitain direc- 

There are now trends, which are getting to be more 
uid more modes of action. One of these is the tendency 
if persons to leave following the Sunday School session 
ind not remaining for the worship sei-vice. What can we 
ixpect of the generations to come, when Sunday School 
eachers, deacons, church officials and parents consistently 
eave following Sunday School? At what age or period 
if one's life does he begin to be a church-goer? 

The influence of those whom we respect and look up 
o as leaders, is a mighty factor in the forming of life 
labits of those who follow or observe. The church is but 
me generation away from extinction. And when we train 
ip a generation to miss the church services, there will 
le no one to attend in the next generation. Most of those 
vho support the church today received their training and 
ormed the church-going habit while yet young. What are 
ve doing to keep alive this habit and to train the present 
[rowing generation? 

This is a major concern with many church leaders, and 
s a problem in many churches. 

Most trends are formed by innocent but careless habits, 
t is well sometimes to stop, check and consider the di- 
Kction we are going. 

— J. C. Inman — News Letter. 

The Junior teacher was telling the story of Jesus and 
he lepers. He paused and asked the class, "Who is Jesus?" 
Dne of tlie boys quickly replied, "Jesus is God's contact 

Could you have done better at that age? 

THOMPSON. Miss Ida Eliazbeth Thompson died on De- 
;ember 13^ 1950 at Harrisonburg, Virginia, following a 
ong illness. A sister of the late Elder John Thompson, 
she made her home with the family for many years. She 
was a member of the Brethren Church since her youth 
md a devout Christian, living a godly life. She was 68 
.'ears, 10 months and 21 days old at her passing. Funeral 
services were in charge of the undersigned, her pastor, 
ind Rev. W. F. Flory. Interment in Dayton Cemetery. 

John F. Locke, Pastor Bethlehem Churth. 

PENCE. George McKinley Pence, aged 54, departed this 
life in Richmond, Virginia, on December 19, 1950. He was 
a member of the Mt. Olive Church, as is his widow, a 
son and two daughters. He engaged in business in Staun- 
ton and Charlottesville before making his home in Rich- 
mond, managing a large business for many years before 
purchasing his own. Many friends and relatives mourn 
his untimely passing. Funeral services by his pastor, the 
undersigned, with interment in Maury Cemetery, Rich- 

John F. Locke, Pastor Mt. Olive Church. 

HALL. Mrs. Elizabeth Frances Hall, widow of the late 
prof. J. H. Hall, died at her Harrisonburg, Virginia home 
on Christmas morning at the age of 86. In failing health 
for some time, the pastor and Dean Stuckey anointed 
her according to the scriptures during the Mt. Olive re- 
vival, approximately two months before her death. She 
was born in Ohio on December 30, 1864, the daughter 
of the late Joseph and Sarah Flory Bowman. At the close 
of the Civil War the family returned to Virginia. She 
was married to Prof. J. H. Hall on January 30, 1883. 
Prof. Hall, a composer, writer and music teacher, preceded 
her in death in 1941, as did two brothers, Rev. S. I. Bow- 
man and Rev. J. M. Bowman. She was a life-long member 
of the Bethlehem Brethren Church, where funeral services 
were held on December 27th. Interment was made in 
the Dayton Cemetery. The pastor was assisted in the ser- 
vice by Rev. C. K. Lehman of the Eastern Mennonite Col- 
lege and the Faculty Quartet of the College. She is sur- 
vived by one brother, Rev. Joseph H. Bowman, a son, 
Ernest Hall, and two sisters: Mrs. Mildred Conner and 
Mrs. Jacob Sharpes. 

John F. Locke, pastor Bethlhem Church. 

HORNADAY. Mary C. Hornaday, charter member of 
the Udell, Iowa, Brethren Chui-ch for nearly sixty years, 
passed to her reward on December 16, 1950, being nearly 
seventy years of age. All eight of her children, scattered 
from Ohio to California, were present at the funeral which 
was held in the Udell Church, conducted by her pastor, 
the undersigned. Burial in Faii-view Cemetery. 

W. R. Deeter. 

LaBARRE. Grace Miller LaBarre of Waterloo, Iowa, 
passed away very suddenly on January 4, 1951, her death 
being caused by a heart attack. Her husband found her 
in the basement of the home when he returned from 

Mrs. LaBarre was very active in the First Brethren 
Church and had attended the W. M. S. meeting on the 
day before her death. 

She was the daughter of Lewis and Ida Miller, being 
born on June 28, 1896, and was married to Francis La- 
Barre on April 18, 1918. Besides her husband, she is sur- 
vived by one son Cai-l and one daughter Mrs. Robert 
Young. She also leaves three grandchildren; five brothers: 
Max W., Glen, Paul, Lewis and Clyde; two sisters: Mrs. 
June Smith and Mrs. Julia Lichty. 

Funeral from the First Brethren Church, conducted by 
the undersigned. 

Spencer Gentle. 






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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks says that if the 
Washington Church tops the goal of $1,250.00 in their 
quarterly Building Fund offering, which was taken on 
February 4th (the result of wliich we have not as yet 
learned) that they will be taking their first step toward 
the time when their church building can be completed. 
We trust that they made their goal. 

Recently the Washington Church was treated to a 
"Mediterranean Tour." The invitation i-ead: "A Mediter- 
ranean Tour (Personally conducted)" Then follows a list 
of the places to be visited. "More than a pleasure trip. 
A personally conducted educational and inspirational tour, 
using the very best in guides, literature and maps avail- 
able. Comfortable passenger chairs. Cost: United States 
to Iran and return — one hour's time — Friday evening at 
our church." We take it that it had to do with the W. 
M. S. Mission Study. 

We note that Brother Fairbanks has been asked to 
become a member of the Central Union Mission advis- 
ory council, which position he has accepted. 

New members are constantly finding their way into the 
Sunday School, This is a very good sign of progress, 

Mt. Olive-Bethlehem, Virginia, Circuit. — Brother John 
F. Locke recently addressed the Elementary School Prin- 
cipals' Association of Fairfax County, Virginia, He was 
presented to the meeting by Principal Fells Lam of Clif- 
ton School. The Lockes were dinner guests of the Lams 
in their home in Fairfax prior to the meeting. Mr. and 
Mrs. Lam are Ashland College graduates and members 
of the Mt. Olive Church. 


The Bethlehem Church is currently engaged in 
School of Missions. "Again Pioneers," a motion pictun 
was shown at the first session. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. We learn that Dr. Glenn I 
Clayton, President of Ashland College, was a receii 
Guest Speaker at the Hagerstown Church. 

.St. James, Miaryland. We note from Brother Ankrum'; 
bulletin that Attendance Pins for faithful attendance a 
Sunday School were awarded on Sunday, January 21slj 
Three received four year pins; five received three yea I 
pins; four received two year pins; and six received firs 
year pins. 

Uniontown, Penna., Brethren Church. Brother Ralp 
Mills, pastor, says that increased emphasis is being place 
on the newly established Junior Church, with additions 
materials being secured in order that a more efficien 
sei-vice may be rendered. 

He also says that "As a climax to the Attendance Con' 
test, Wednesday evening, February 14th, has been se' 
apart for the Family Fellowship Supper. A special wor 
ship service will follow the supper and attendant fes 
tivities." j 

The Uniontown Church Basketball team seems to b ' 
doing very well in their church league this year. 

Masontown, Penna. Brother Keeling says that poster 
announcing their revival, which began on Sunday, Feb 
luary 4th, were scattered over both Masontown and th 
surrounding territory. Cottage prayer meetings have bee; 
held for the past several weeks in preparation for thi 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Percy Miller reports that th 
attendance at their Week of Prayer fell to a little belo\ 
last year's average, the average being 200 this year. Th 
attendance at the sei'vice which was held in our churcl 
was 252. 

The Penna. District Sunday School Board recently heh 
a meeting in the Berlin Church. They laid the prelimi 
nary plans for the summer camping season. 

The .Berlin Church is planning on celebrating the Sev 
ontieth Anniversary of the organization of the Bnethrei 
Church in Berlin, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of th. 
dedication of the present church building. This celebra^ 
tion is to take place some time in the spring, datie to bi 
announced later. They plan to print a booklet for thi 
occasion and a picture is planned of the attendants som' 
time in the near future. 

Meyersdale, Penna. On Tuesday, January 30th th 
Somerset County Christian Endeavor Union held a pub' 
lie service in our Meyersdale Church. The film, "Gol 
gotha," was presented at that time. 

The World's Day of Prayer which was held on Frida.V' 
February 9th, was held as an afternoon service in ou 
church at Meyersdale. 

The Woman's Missionary Society Public Service ii 
scheduled for Sunday morning, February 18th. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. We leam from Brother Grumbling' 
Parish paper, that March 4th has been designated a 
the date when election will be held of three Deacons ann 
one Deaconess. J 

Brother Grumbling also reports that the Week O' 
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fTEBRUARY 10, 1951 


Shrist Our Foundation - What fire We TBuilding Upon Ijim r 


WHEN A WEEK AGO Brother Charles Munson had 
charge of the morning devotions in the Ashland 
Ilhurch services, at wliich time was launched the obser- 
vance of Christian Endeavor Week, he read from I Corin- 
;hians, chapter 3. As he read it seemed to me that, for 
ne at least, emphasis was laid on verses 9 to 11. They 
•ead thus: 

"For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's 
lusbandry, ye are God's building. 

"According to the grace of God which is given unto 
lie, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, 
md another buildeth thereon. But let every man take 
leed how he buildeth thereon. 

"For other foundations can no man lay than that is 
aid, which is Jesus Christ." 

Some way or other, I did not follow him as he read 
to the end of the chapter. For I was stopped at the end 
5f verse 11, and 

I was set to thinking! 

Does the reading of God's Word ever cause you to 
pause and think? It should! "But," you say, "you should 
riave kept on listening until the conclusion of the read- 
ing." Well, maybe so; but yet for what purpose is the 
scripture read at each service ? Isn't it done to call your 
ittention to the meaning and value of the Word to your- 
self? It is to be applied to your own life if possible. I 
believe that far too many times we listen to the read- 
ing in only a half-hearted manner. We are among those 
who might be characterized as those concerning whom 
Jeremiah wrote, saying, "they have eyes and see not; 
and have ears and hear not." 

But back to our special thinking. 

I began my thinking by reminding myself that Paul 
wrote this Letter to the Christians at Corinth. Therefore 
it became a letter handed down to be accepted as a word 
to us as Christians today. It was not written to people 
in general, but to those who were within the church. 

The next step in my thinking led me to the place where 
Paul tells us that we are "labourers" — not only labourers, 
but "labourers together." Also that we are building our 
own selves into a "building for God," for he says, "ye 
are God's building." 

Now that which is erected must be satisfactory to 
both the architect and the owner. Just now the Chapel 
on the College Campus is in the process of being erected. 
Periodically the architect and the builder consult as to 
the progress. Step by step the inspection is made. Almost 
ready to receive the superstructui-e, the erection of the 
steel frame work, assurance must be given that the "foun- 
dation" is sure and will be strong enough to hold up the 
great weight of the building proper. Therefore, much at- 
tention has been given to the foundation, the drainage 

and the figuring of the stress and strain, so that assur- 
ance may be had of the permanency of the building. 

Paul says, that for the Christian that foundation has 
been laid. That the only foundation upon which a Chris- 
tian dare build is Jesus Christ. This foundation has been 
tested in every way, and is guaranteed to withstand the 
ravages of time and eternity. To us, as Christians, the 
most important sentence in the three verses must neces- 
sarily be the last one in verse 10. Note how it reads 
again: "But let every man take heed how he buildeth 
thereon." In fact, that is what caused me to think. Does 
it "ring a bell" in your thinking? 

Therefore, our question at the head of this column is 
important to u^ today — in fact it is the most important 
question in our lives: What are we building upon Him? 
The Foundation is laid; we are builders; we furnish the 
material which goes into the supersti-ucture of our lives 
— What is the nature of the material we are using in 
building our lives? Is it wood; is it hay; is it stubble? 
Is being erected by the destructible things in life? 
Or is it gold, silver or precious stones? those things 
which withstand the attack of the elements? 

That our "building" will come under the trial of eter- 
nal elements is as sure as that the earthly buildings we 
build must withstand the elements of wind, rain and cor- 

Further on in this third chapter we read these impres- 
sive words, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, 
and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you ? If any man 
defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the 
temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." We are 
not simply building a building wherein we shall dwell; 
but we are building a building which is the dwelling 
place of the Spirit of God. Surely a serious consideration 
of this truth should make us pause in the making plans 
for our future living and cause us to take stock of the 
manner in which we are building and to make further in- 
spection of the type of material which is going into thn 

The closing verse of the chapter adds additional assur- 
ance of the necessity of making the building worthy o' 
the One who is the owner in fee simple, for it reads: "And 
we are Christ's; and Christ is God's." How are you build- 

Think it over! 

Have you seen all that the love and power of God has 
done for you in and through Him. 

Cheerfulness means a contented spirit; a pure heart, a 
kind and loving disposition; it means humility and char- 
ity, a generous appreciation of others, and a modest opin- 
ion of self. — Thackeray. 








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H State of Emergency 

Fred C. Vancttor, President Benevolent Board 

TWO ! THIS DOES NOT REFER to the present 
■'• ^ unhappy state of affairs in which oui* coun- 
try finds itself. But it does have reference to af- 
fairs which should touch the heart and mind of 
every member of the Brethren Church, whether 
that person be but a child or a grown person. For, 
whether we realize it or not, each and every mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church has an obligation 
placed upon him, an obligation which is both 
moral and legal. 

As the years have gone by we have come to 
the Church time after time in an attempt to pic- 
ture the needs of the Bi'ethren's Home and what 
has been designated as The Superannuated Min- 
isters' Fund. No doubt many who pick up this is- 
sue will say, if not aloud, then under their breath, 
"There is the same old plea again — Brethren's 
Home and Superannuated Ministers' Fund." 
YES, THAT'S IT EXACTLY — the same "old 
plea." But may we emphasize it by saying that 
it is "just as old" to us as it is to you. It would 
be wonderful if we could come to this time of year 
and simply say, "This is Benevolent Month," and 
let it go at that. But that would never work out, 
because it takes more than that. There is the con- 
stant question, "iWHY" on every lip. That's what 
we are going to tell you, and so if yen will con- 
tinue reading we will tell you "WHY" we say, 
"This is an emergency!'' 

When we come to this time of year we feel 
very much like the old negro preacher who, when 
asked how he prepared and delivered his sermons, 
said, "0 dat's easy and simple ! I jes tells 'em what 
Ize done goin' to tell 'em; den I tells 'em; and 
den I tells 'em what I done tole 'em !" That's about 
what we have to do each succeeding year. It may 
be this year will be somewhat different. 

We said that this year we meet a "state of 
emergency." This is the first time for a number 
of years we have had to say that. Instead of one 
emergency this year — we have two. For the Be- 
nevolent Board is responsible for TWO INTER- 
ESTS of the church — not just one. Let's look at 
them ! 


TWO THINGS contribute to this "emergency. 
1. Rising costs — which, of coiu'se, is no news t 
any of us; and 2. More resident members in thi 
Home. There is an old saying that "two can liv 
as cheaply as one," but that this is untrue is seU 
evident. Every additional one in the Home raise 
the cost of maintenance. 

Now since the Boai'd is not responsible for th 
I'ising cost of living, and has been caught in it 
toils, by no fault of theirs, the only thing that w 
can do is to "pay the bills and pray that we mai 
receive a sufficient offering from the churcht 
and individuals to meet the 'Emergency'." W' 
trust that the "R" which is added to the wor 
"pay" that makes it read "pRay," will be th! 
means of making the word "raise' assume the firjj 
letter of the word "Pray" and become the mean; 
of turning our plea for a larger offering t| 

After all, it is the obligation of each and ever| 
member of the Brethren Church. Suffice it t 
say. We need a Larger Contrihuthn to this Pai 
ticidar Fund than ive have Been Asking in Pat 
Years, and, since each of you know what you cor 
tributed last year, you can judge the amount thi 
you should give this year, above the contributio 
you made last year. 

We do not want to borrow money to run th 
Home. Such a procedure would only cost add 
tional money in interest. But one thing must fc 
remembered : We are compelled by legal oblige 
tion, to continue its existence, whether tve halt 
sufficient offerings to cover the total expens>e e 

We feel that we have said enough about tH 
Home! Now it is up to the inembership of thi 
Brethren Church as to whether the "Emergency) 
be met. 


HERE, TOO, is a real "emergency." Let ni 
quote from a recent letter from Brother L. "^ 
King, our Treasurer: "We are needing a larg^ 
offering this year, as we are going backwaa 

FEBRUARY 10, 1951 


low in both the Brethren's Home and the Minis- 
;ers' Fund. This is the first year we will not be 
ihead a whole year in the Ministerial Appropria- 
;ion. I haven't been receiving much money late- 
y. The expense at the Home is very large." 

It is to be especially noted that Brother King 
;ays that we are falling behind in our Ministers' 
^und. This is the first time for a number of years 
hat this condition has existed. Some years ago, 
vhen the old Superannuated Board was merged 
vith the Brethren's Home Board to make the 
)resent Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board, 
t was decided that sufficient funds would be set 
isi'de each year that we could say to a I'etired 
ninister, or a minister's widow, "This amount we 
ire appropriating for you for the coming year is 
n the bank, and you may be certain that each 
nonth during this coming year the check will 
«me to you regularly." This has been a source 
)f satisfaction to both the Board and to the indi- 
adual receiving this support. The amount that 
las been granted for the past several years has 
)een $45.00 per month for the retired ministers, 
md $25.00 per month for widows of ministers, 
(xcept in a few cases where the term of service 

as a regular pastor did not permit the full $45.00 
per month. Do we want to lower this amount? 

Now, since our fund is to all intents and pur- 
poses depleted, we are at a loss to know how we 
are going to keep up to the level we have attained 
without a I'ery large offering this year. This is 
what presents the EMERGENCY. Surely we do 
not want to go to our retired ministers (retired, 
not because they desired it, but because of inabil- 
ity to continue actively in the work) and say, 
"Sorry, we must cut you down in the amount you 
will receive this next year because we will not 
have sufficient funds to continue the amount you 
are now receiving." AND THAT IS EXACTLY 

Again let us say, as we did concerning the 
Home Emergency, "It is up to the membership 
of the Brethren Church!" You hold the answer 
within your interests and gifts. 

We have set forth our problem. The solution 
of that problem is in your hands. What are you 
going to do about it? — Ashland, Ohio, 



7he Bretl 

iren s 


rHE BRETHREN CHURCH can be happy and 
rejoice in the thought that we have, at Flora, 
ndiana, "a Home" which was built a number of 
'^ears ago and is maintained for the express pur- 
)ose of housing and ministering to the aged and 
onely people of the Brethren Church. Its doors 
ire open to any member of the church who is in 
rood standing in his or her local church. 

The upkeep and maintenance of such an insti- 
:ution costs money. Those who enter the institu- 
ion realize this. So, the officials deal with every 
ipplicant individually. It is to be expected that 
;hose who have some of the material things of 
ife, will share it with the Home. 

The Brethren Home is a beautiful place. It is 
veil kept; it is comfortable; it is safe. State reg- 
ilations require certain standards. The commit- 
;ee, whose duty it is to serve as needs arise, gives 
jvery concern to the wishes of individuals who 
•eside there and to the care of the buildings. We 
relieve the same can be said for the Superin- 
;endent and his family. 

Here is a fine opportunity for our people to 
nake a contribution which will help to pi'omote 

OfllB ^- ^- R>':f(fle, Secretary Benevolent Board 

the interests of God here on the earth. We need, 
not only contributions, but prayers and lo,yalty 
to every Christian effort. None would want to 
face the future without the Church, neither Avould 
we \\'ant tO' be without the Brethren Home. Thei'e 
are those who abide there, whom we depended 
upon to help support the Church in the past. 
Some are still doing it. This benevolent spirit 
must continue. 

We, as Christians, can not and dare not be sel- 
fish. Our moral nature must be in harmony with 
God. In fact, we must imitate our Maker. The 
very constitution of Jesus' person, and His work, 
rested on the outgoings of the most elevated love 
and mei'cy to the world. Hear what Jesus Him- 
self averred on His mission to the world, "Even 
as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, 
but to minister, and to- give His life a ransom 
for many." So will we. His servants, find joy in 
supporting a program which ministers in the name 
of Jesus to the aged, the feeble and the lonely. 

In a few words, I have tried to give my 
thoughts, concerning our ministry thi'ough the 
Brethren Home and the Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund. . — Ashland, Ohio. 



Brethren Church History 

Dy Kev. rreeman Ankrum 

flhraham Lincol 


ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF October, 1862 a man some 
six feet and four inches tall, stood stiffly erect, 
while the Photographer, Matthew Brady exposed the wet 
plate for the photograph. The place was near the swift 
flowing Antietam Creek, the background was an army 
tent. The tall silk hat accented the height of the man 
who was being photographed. He was aged fifty-three, 
but time had engraved upon his face the appearance of 
having lived .a greater number of years. He looked to be 
a man years older than his actual age. The war years 
had left their marks. The long black coat came almost 
to his knees. His heavy bow tie seemed to have con- 
spicuously crowded the collar of his shirt. His lips were 
tightly compi'essed above the black beard covering his 

This man was Abraham Lincoln, President of the Unit- 
ed States. The Army he had come to visit was the Army 
of the Potomac. The General who was the recipient of the 
call was the slow moving George McClelland. The Presi- 
dent was puzzled to know how Lee could have circum- 
vented a force much larger than his there in the bend of 
the Potomac River. 

On the hills back of the tent, above the headquarters 
of the commanding General, much of the entire battle 
field of Antietam could be seen. The site of the Head- 
quarters themselves was hidden by the rolling hills. The 
location was off the Boonsboro Pike, Northeast of Sharps- 
bui-g, Maryland. The field is located approxinrately seven 
miles southeast of St. James. As Lincoln looked toward 
the west, nearly one mile away was the Dunkard Church 
around which the tide of bottle rose and fell. It was with- 
in the Confederate lines. At Antietam, Clara .Barton, the 
young Nurse initiated what became the Red Cross. 

Less than three weeks before the time Lincoln visited 
the field, thousands of dead and dying men lay within 
sight of the Church which had been dedicated to Peace. 
The President in his drive over the entire field of con- 
flict saw the Church from the nearby road. Lincoln had 
promised God on bended knees that if the North was 
successful in thiis engagement that he would issue the 
Proclamation freeing the slaves. While this was not an 
out and out victory, it for all practical pui'poses was rated 
as such by the North. Some time after the battLe the fol- 
lowing inscription in raised letters upon a metal plate 
was placed to the right of the front door of the battle 
scarred Church building: 


Dunkard Church 

Erected A. D. 1855 By The Geirman Baptist 

Brethern.* During The Battle The Wounded 

Of Both Armies Sought aJid Found 

Sanctuary W.ithin Its Walls. 

The Church Was Seriously Injured By The 

Fire of The Union Batteries on 

September 17, 1862 

The Building Was Repaired and Divine 

Worship Was Resumed During The Summer 

Of 1864 

President Abraham Lincoln 

His last photograph taken April 

9, 1865, just five days before his 


(*Note: The Word "Brethren" was spelled as above oi 
the plate. Ankrum.) 

Abraham Lincoln said, "When the Rebel army was ai 
Frederick, I determined, as soon as it should be drivei' 
out of Maryland, to issue a proclamation of emancipa; 
tion, such as I thought most likely to be useful. I Bai<j 
nothing to any one, but I made the promise to myselj 
and my Maker." In a Cabinet meeting on September 22j 
he remarked, that, "He had made a vow — a covenant— i 
That if God gave us the victory in the approaching bat] 
tie he would consider it an indication of Divine Will, an<| 
that it was his duty to move forward in the cause o. 
Emancipation." This became effective January 1, 1863 
There were many dark days following this during whiel 
the President felt that Almighty God had forsaken him 
There were moods of depression, but in time his spirr 
rose to higher ground and faith broke through the darl 

Books almost without number have been written abou 
the man vi^o was bom into a humble cabin home whosi 
library likely consisted of one book, the Bible. Lincoln'.' 
father was born a few miles North of Harrisonburg, Vir 
ginia. The Lincolns were, in the main, Virginia stock 
The Hanks, of which his mother was one, were not S( 
prominent a family. However Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the 
mother, was a God fearing woman who did the best shi 
could for her little family under very primitive circum 
stances. Abraham was born to Thomas and Nancy Hanki 
Lincoln on February 12, 1809. Some two years befori 

FEBRUARY 10, 1951 


hey had made a journey to the little church three miles 
iast of Hodgenville, Kentucky where in the nearby cem- 
etery the body of little Thomas had been laid to rest. 
ie who had come out of the great silences had after so 
ihort a sojourn re-entered them. Nancy, though prevented 
Tom securing an education herself, could read and did 
ler best for little Abraham. 

Abraham, named after his grandfather, Abraham Lin- 
;oln who had been killed by the Indians, did not show 
nuch prospect as a baby. Little Dennis Hanks, nine 
^ears old came over to see Ms new cousin. The next 
norning he asked to hold him after he had remarked, 
'It's skin looks just like cherry pulp squeezed dry, in 
vrinkles." Nancy passed the little one over into the arms 
)f Dennis and said, "Be keerful, Dennis, fur you air the 
list boy he's ever seen." The little chap pursed up his 
'ace and began to cry with considerable power. Dennis 
urned to his Aunt, Betsy Sparrow, handed her the baby 
md said to her, "Aunt, take him. He'll never come to 

In 1816 the Lincolns moved to Little Pigeon Creek, in 
5pencer County, Indiana. 

In October, 1818 the terrible plague of "Milk sickness" 
IS it was called spread through the community taking 
leavy toll of man and beast. One day there came to Nancy 
-.incoln the white coating of the tongue, followed by chills 
ind slowing pulse. She knew that for her the sand was 
ilmost through the hour glass of time. The bony hand 
if the mother went out and resting on little Abe's head 
he told him, "to be kind and good to his father and sis- 
er"; to both, she said, "Be good to one another." Ex- 
iressing a hope that they might live as they had been 
aught by her, "to love their kindred and worship God," 
>n October 5, 1818, at the age of 36, the soul of Nancy 
lanks Lincoln took its departure. Little Abe assisted his 
ather m making the coffin in which she was laid to rest. 
>ome six months later when the Baptist Circuit rider 
)avid Elkins came through he spoke the funeral service 
>ver the grave of Nancy Lincoln. 

^ Thomas and Nancy were members of the Primitive Bap- 
ist, anti-slavery church and were regular attendants of 
he same. Both were God fearing and in the flickering 
irelight from the hearth Nancy read passage after pas- 
age to her son Abraham. He never forget them 3nd 
ften quoted the passages in his manhood that he had 
earned at his mother's knee. 

Thomas Lincoln was a member of the church in 1830, 
.Iso an Officer. In Lincoln's day the Primitive Baptist 
ras what was known as the "good old Two-Seed Hard- 
hell, Anti-Missionary, Predestinarian Gospel." Religion 
n that time was direct and accompanied by few frills. 
)fttimes what was lacking in knowledge was made up 
n zeal and force. It was said that he was not much of 
. preacher in those days who could not be heard a mile, 
'eter Cartwright, a fire eating Circuit Rider of that pe- 
iod of the Methodist Church, traveled with a Bible in one 
land and a rifle in the other. He preached to "members, 
inners and scorners," in settlers' cabins and timber 
rroves, and threw disturbers of his sei-vices bodily out 
if the house, or gathering. (The Author when Pastor 
f the Garwin, Iowa, Brethren Church from 1917 to 1921, 
)ersonally knew one of the relatives of the old Circuit 
iider. She substantiated the tales of this zealous and ec- 
entric Preacher.) 

Much has been written upon Lincoln from every phrase. 
Perhaps many have thought that he was a rough Fron- 
tiersman from the Plains and the Prairies and was de- 
void of religion. Lincoln was twice blessed, first in his 
Godly mother and iin her successor. With the loss of the 
one who gave him birth, the Frontier necessity demanded 
that another take her place. The one to do this was Sarah 
Bush Johnson, a widow of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She 
and Thomas Lincoln were married on December 2, -1819. 
She successfully took the place of the departed one and 
Abraham was always considerate of her needs and wel- 

■Books were scarce in the Lincoln home. Father Thomas 
felt that schooling and books beyond the three "R's" and 
being able to read the .Bible was unnecessary for any one. 
Abe's second mother interceded with the father enabling 
Abe to get some "Eddication" as the father called it. At 
the most, in the Tom Lincoln home, the library consisted 
of four books, namely, "Aesop's Fables," "Pilgrim's Prog- 
ress," "Robinson Crusoe,' and the "Bible." These were 
read and re-i'ead. Abe in his young manhood was so book 
hungry that many miles were walked to borrow them. 
The foundation laid by his natural and step-mother was 
one upon which a sound charactei' was built. 

In those rough days when evil habits were considered 
among some as virtues, Abraham never drank liquor of 
any kind, never smoked or chewed tobacco and did not 
swear. There were times when he was a Temperance or- 
ator. It was said that he had two dislikes which topped 
all others; one was human slaveiy, and the other was 
whiskey. In 1841 whiskey was quoted in Dayton, Ohio, 
at 12c per gallon. It was said that efforts made by va- 
rious Temperance organizations in the West, as it was 
then called, forced down the price. 

As to Abraham Lincoln being a Christian, there is lit- 
tle doubt. The Churches of which he was more familiar 
did not appeal to him because they minimized the Lord 
Jesus Christ and put over Him man-made ordinances. 
There is ample reason to believe that Lincoln espoused 
the Dunker Faith, and the following seems to bear this 
out. Mrs. Anna Wagner, on October 22, 1936, states, 
"(Elder Isaac Billheimer, at one time a resident of Ten- 
nessee and later a resident of Heath, Indiana, and an 
Elder in the Fairview Church of Southern Indiana, told 
my father he was acquainted with the Minister that bap- 
tized Lincoln. Father has forgotten the name of the Min- 
ister, but he was a member of the German Baptist Church, 
sometimes nicknamed 'Dunkards.' Lincoln sent this Min- 
ister word to come to Springfield on a certain train wluch 
arrived there at night. Lincoln sent him twice as much 
money as he needed. 

"Lincoln met him and they went to the river where 
Lincoln was baptized, yet that night. Lincoln had brought 
extra clothes needed foi' both, and having changed clothes 
they went and waited for the train to arrive, and the 
Minister left after midnight and went back home. Lin- 
coln promised after his term of office expired he would 
conform to the church." 

D. W. Cripe, of Peoria, Illinois, a number of years 

ago stated, "I am personally acquainted with David and 

Anna Wagner, to whom the Elder told the incident of 

Abraham Lincoln's baptism at Springfield, Illinois, just 

(Continued on page 11) 


The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 


^Promotion Govnmittee Travels 

number of Brethren people being found in Tucson, 
Arizona, the Missionary Secretary had planned to respond 
to the whole-hearted invitation to visit the Southwestern 
city. As the date approached, it seemed more advisable 
that the Promotional Committee, as a whole, (Riddle, V. 
Grisso, C. Berkshire) make the trip. 

On January 8, we depaa-ted on icy roads with the tem- 
perature about 10 degrees. After this day, we had no 
more snow and ice for the entire trip, even for the return. 
As we traveled southward, the top-coats, hats and over- 
shoes were laid aside for future reference. Thursday, early 
evening, we parked in Tucson, with 2,000 miles behind us, 
at the beautiful DeLux Motel where Brother Raymond L. 
Kuns had made reservation for us. Words are not avail- 
able to tell the joy of the Brethren folk who so cheerfully 
greeted us. Their entertainment was "par excellence." 

Every day, from early to late, we called on friends, 
members and a few prospective members for a Brethren 
Church, also we viewed churches of various types, suit- 
able sites for location, seeking information concerning 
lots, etc., so as to bring a report to the Missionary Board. 

Two meetings were held, one at Mr. and Mrs. Kun's 
home (fonnerly of South Bend) Sunday P. M., the other 
on Monday evening, with Mr. and Mrs. Condict Smith 
(formerly of Warsaw, Indiana). Other families repre- 
sented in these meetings were the Shoats (from South 
Bend); the Scotts (recently from the Brethren Home); 
Mr. Lloyd B.eal (of Mansfield, Ohio), and two friends. 
We have other names — two homes no contact could be 
made. Also a lady formerly of New Lebanon was located 
within two hours of our leaving. 

From a few adobe buildings, standing between the cacti, 
with no pavements during the Civil War, Tucson has 
grown to a beautiful, clean, thriving city of approximately 
130,00(1 and is still growing. It is known as a health 
center and vacation resort. The "City Fathers" attribute 
the growth of the city to four "C's" — cotton, cattle, cop- 
per and climate. Cultural and educational facilities are 
very good. There is the University of Arizona located in 
Tucson with approximately 6,000 students, also a fine 
public school system, with vocational courses and the Fine 
Arts Association. The city has many fine Churches but the 
Chamber of Commerce definitely declared that more 
churches are needed and will be welcomed. 

There was praise and rejoicing and deep spiritual con- 
cern because we have traveled so far to fellowship and 
plan with them. 

Five years too late — some Brethren folk have gone into 
other churches only because they felt they must have a 
church hom.e for their children. 

Enroute home, we spent some time in Wichita, Kansas, 
a beautiful, gi-owing city of the Midwest. Thei-e are new 

sections with hundreds of homes and only here and thert 
a church to meet the need. City growth has been so rapic 
that churches have not been able to nieet the challenge 
01" have lacked vision. 

Since two of our committee had never visited oui 
churches in Mulvane and Ft. Scott, Kansas, we stoppeo 
at each place to look over the buildings. In Mulvane we 
met Mrs. W. L. Thomas, wife of the Pastor. In Ft. Scoti 
we had Pastor Cecil Johnson with us for dinner, aftei 
which he took us for a call at the home of Mrs. L. G 
Wood, whom most of my readers will remember. 

Another article will carry the story of the Arizona In- 

— E. M. R. . 

President J. Garber Drushal 

'Returns T^rom South America 

J. G. Di-ushal, President of the Missionary Board! 
landed at Cleveland January 8 according to schedule. Hi 
came from extremely warm weather in Argentina to tht 
Ohio of snow and ice. 

To the Missionary Board, last Thursday, this emissarj 
presented a 67-page typewritten report, based upon find< 
ings, and recommendations for South American missionf 
ary activity. 

Besides Argentine cities, in which we are directly ini 
terested, he visited other cities and leaders in Christiai 

His encouraging report was enthusiastically receivet 
by the Board. Every recommendation will be carried ou' 
as soon as possible. A detailed report for these column; 
will be forthcoming. 


At the National Penitentiary at Quito, Ecuador, fou;i 
prisoners were recently baptized in the first baptisma 
sei-vice ever to be held in the prison. 

When the men gave their testimonies before their fellov 
mates, they confessed their deep sin and the fact thaj 
they deserved greater penalty than they were receiving! 
One is a lifer, three are in for murder. 

Vergil Gerber, missionary serving with the staff o.' 
HCJB, is among those who began the work at the peni; 

'EBRUARY 10, 1951 


Hal Boyle 

War has no box seat for the innocent bystander. And 
16 tides of combat have turned the roads of South Korea 
ito dust-ohoked lands of human misery and death. As you 
ravel up to the front you see such things as these: 

A slender middle-aged woman plods along, bent almost 
ouble by the weight of her mother, a toothless crone who 
lings to her like a small child playing piggy back. . . .A 
oung lad leads by the hand a blind old man with a white 
eard, thinned by time.... A naked wailing boy trots 
tirough the line of refugees looking for his parents. . .An 
Iderly couple, too feeble to walk, ride in the back of a 
olting ox cart.... On a pallet beside them is a youth 
rho looks as if he were dying of tuberculosis .... A lame 
irl with a twisted foot limps after them. 

A mother carrying all her household belongings in a 
undle on her head holds a baby to her breast and 
uckles him .... Peasant children spread their wai'es on 
lats by the roadside .... Some pause by rice paddy 

streams and bathe their bare and swollen feet, raw by 
the stone rutted roads. Still others lie log-still in ex- 
hausted, slumber. 

Over the straggling figures rise storms of yellow dust 
stirred up by the churning wheels of military vehicles. 
The refugees clog traffic. Motor horns honk impatiently. 
Worried truck drivers shout curses. But the refugees 
move out of the way slowly. They are in no hurry be- 
cause most of them do not know where they are going 

Many have no homes to go back to. Their villages have 
been burned by artillery fire, strafing plane attacks, or 
razed by withdrawing U. S. troops to keep them from be- 
coming hiding places for enemy vehicles. The Communists 
have a habit of driving their tanks through the clay walls 
of village huts and using the thatched roof as camouflage. 
The refugees neither weep nor complain. Nor does one 
family ask or expect help from another. Their expression 
is as stolid and blank as that often worn by infantrymen 
too long in the line — a dumb acceptance of suffering and 
an indifi'erence to it because their world has no horizon 
beyond pain. — Missionary Digest. 

New Church m Arizona 

The Missionary Board in session January 25 approved the recommenda- 
tions of the Promotional Committee — that a church be opened at Tuscon 
and a pastor be called within three months, if possible. 

The location has been chosen and option is taken on the lots. It is the 
plan to build a parsonage first, on the F. H. A. government plan, so that 
an assembly of the people may be made until one unit of the church is com- 

The city is growing rapidly. Realtors, business men, and ministers de- 
clare that the city is in need of more churches. 

Two meetings were held while the committee was yet with the Tuscon 
Brethren. A temporary organization was effected. Raymond L. Kuns was 
chosen chairman, and Condict Smith was chosen Secretary-Treasurer. 

The group pledged themselves to the task and also promised to meet for 
jDrayer and praise. 

Brethren -how many are willing to send a gift (large or small) to the 
Missionary office toward the new church building at Tuscon ! 


E. M. R. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Prayer in whicli tlie Pittsburgh Church cooperated with 
other churclies in that area proved to be a wonderful week 
of services. The attendance was above their expectations. 

Louisville, Ohio. We note that during the month of 
Febriiary Brother John Byler is preaching a special se- 
ries of Sunday evening sermons upon the general subject 
of "Tlie Sermon on the Mount." Attendance is being 
checked and recognition will be given to those who have 
perfect attendance at these services. 

Ashland, Ohio. A very fine service was conducted on 
Sunday evening, January 2Sth, by the three societies of 
the Woman's Missionary Society, as they jointly observed 
their annual Mission Study. The meeting was in charge 
of Mrs. Edwin Boardman and consisted of special music, 
a devotional period, and the presentation of the sound 
film, "South of the Clouds." Miss Mildred Furry gave a 
splendid introduction to the study, which was followed 
by the bringing of the picture. The film deals with the 
race problem as it is being solved in the Near East. It is 
well worth the showing in any of our churches. An offer- 
was received, which is to be turned to the Chapel Fund. 
It amounted to nearly $50.00. 

On Wednesday evening, January 31st, the college young 
people were in charge of a program for youth and adults 
in obsei-vance of National Youth Week. Brother Henry 
Bates was the speaker of the evening. 

The Father and Son Banquet, sponsored by the Ash- 
land Laymen's Organization, is scheduled for Tuesday 
evening-, February 13th. The ladies of the W. M. S. — 
Group Three, will serve the banquet. 

Garber Memorial Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. Not 
much has been i-eported concerning this missionary work 
which is sponsored by the First Brethren Church of Ash- 
land. However the work in this new field is going along 
in fine shape, with growing interest and attendance. The 
church is in a part of the city where there is no other 
church, and the field is large, since there is a definite 
growth in population and housing in that direction. 
Brother Kenneth Solomon, a Seminary student, is the 
minister, and Robert Holsinger, "also a Seminary student 
is the Class Leader in charge. Other college students are 
helping with the work. The work is under the eupei-vision 
of a regular committee formed by the Ashland Park 
Street Church. On Monday evening, February 12th 
Brother lE. M. Riddle will begin a two weeks' revival in 
this church. The prospects are good for a fine meeting. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. We learn that the Bethesda 
Colored Male Quintet of Dayton, Ohio, gave a sacred 
concert in the West Alexandria Church on Sunday, Jan- 
uary 28th. Tills was sponsored by the Laymen's Orgaai- 

Miami VaUey, Ohio, Laymen's Rally. We Learn from 
Brother Crick's Gratis bulletin that at the Laymen's Ral- 
ly which was held on Monday evening, January 15th 
at the West Alexandria, Ohio, Town Hall, that the sum 
of $375.00 was pledged towai'd the Ohio District Laymen's 
project for College Chapel equipment. The Gratis Church 
is to be host to the Valley Rally on April 16th. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother Whetstone, in conversation witll 
the editor, said that their Wednesday night "Evangelism'ij 
program is still gaining in interest and attendance. i\ 
series of post cards is being mailed each week in keepinii[ 
the meetings before the church at large. 

The Dayton Father and Son Banquet will be held oi' 
Thursday evening, February 22nd. The guest speaker wil 
be Rev. James Thomas. 

Nappanee, Indiana. A new Boys' Brotherhood Commit, 
tee has been named by the Laymen's Organization. I 
Boys' Brotherhood is in the making. 

The women of the W. M. S. had for their guest speaki 
er on February 7th, Miss Adell Haddad, a student aj 
Goshen College. She is a native of Lebanon. 

Apology. In our haste to make correction of the spell 
ing of the name of Mrs. Frederick VanDuyne, we inad; 
vertently said that she was the secretary of the Denver 
Indiana, Church. Please note that this should be the Tiosa 
Indiana, Brethren Church. Her address as printed in thi 
Annual is correct. 

Warsaw, Indiana. A note from Brother E. J. Beeklej 
tells us that he has been called for another year of ser 
vice at Warsaw, at a raise in salary. He says also thai 
they have paid $1,600.00 on their parsonage repair worl 
and that there yet remains the sum of $1,200.00, whicl 
is being liquidated at the rate of $100.00 per month, 

The Sisterhood met at the parsonage for their bool 
review and had the Dutchtown girls as their guests. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother King says that there weni 
over fifty of their young people in attendance at the Brethlj 
ren Youth Rally at Winona recently. Elkhart's part o: 
the offering amounted to $150.00. 

He reports one baptized and received into membershi] 
on Wednesday, January 10th. 

The church has authorized the purchase of new tablesl 
for the communion. 

Waterloo, Iowa. At a special meeting of the congrega 
tion on Wednesday, January 31st, consideration was giveii 
to a new heating plant for the parsonage, since the pres-: 
ent plant is in poor condition. i 

Waterloo is still working on the Sunday School goal oV 
2-0-1 in '51. The attendance on Sunday, January 21st wasi 

Milledgeville, Illinois. On Sunday morning, Januarj 
28th, the guest speaker was T. C. Cleworth, with spe- 
cial music by a male quartet. The basketball boys anci 
cheer leaders were guests at this service. 

Morrill, Kansas. We note that the Christian Endeavor' 
ers are starting a club that has for its purpose the help- 
ing to support the Young People's Camp. A "One Dollar' 
a month idea has its roots in this club. Cabins for the 
boys is a pressing necessity. 

Sem\)o\ence Month 

lEBRUARY 10, 1951 


fihtakam Lincoln 

(Continued from Page 7) 

efore he went to Washington to take the Presidential 
lair. I can recommend Brother and Sister Wagner as 
onest, truthful Christians, who can be depended upon. 
D. W. Cripe, am also acquainted with, and personally 
now, a man by the name of Theodore Swanson, an hon- 
3t, truthful man who has read in a number of historical 
ooks about Lincoln. He told me that he read of the in- 
idents, of his baptism in one of the histories, also that 
incoLn had forgotten to provide extra clothes to be im- 
lersed in." 

It is an established fact that Elder D. P. Saylor, of 
arroll and Frederick Counties, Maryland was a frequent 
isitor of the President in the White House. Lincoln knew 
im well. He spent many an hour with the President. Lin- 
)ln would call him "Bishop Saylor," and told him that 
e considered him "capable of filling any office to which 
e might be called." Then, addressing him earnestly said, 
But, Brother Sayloi', I ordain you a Dunkard Preacher 

(Continued next week) 

National Goals Program 

Kev. ]. G. Dodds, Chairman 


Rev. Alvin H. Grumbling 

N PREVIOUS ARTICLES it has been pointed out that 
we have a very good set of goals this year. Several 
eas of helping attain these goals have also been brought 
irth. But the question comes, who is responsible for at- 
lining these goals? The Goals Committee is important, 
he National, District and Local officers are important, 
ut actually the full responsibility rests upon the lay 
embers of each church. Under a church government 
ich as our Brethren denomination has, the lay mem- 
!rs decide the issues, and attain the goals. It is true 
lat these goals are all inclusive. National, District, and 
ocal. But in any auxiliary oiganization of our church, 
; any National, District, or Local affair, the power and 
isponsibility rest upon the lay members. 
It is easy to see that unless every lay member of our 
mrch gets busy and does his or her part, we will have 
■difficult time achieving these goals. (This does not ex- 
ude ministers; their job must be done also). If only one 
;rson decides to lay down on the job, the task vrill be 
lat much harder for all concerned. So, then, let's roll 
? our sleeves and get busy. Take down those goal sheets 
id look them over again. See what has been done and 
hat is to be done yet. Then dig in, and every lay mem- 
!r work. 

Give every flying minute 
Something to keep in store. 
Work, for the night is coming. 
When man works no more. 

— Pittsburgh, Penna. 

Spiritual HDe^itations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Have ye not known? have ye not heard, hath it not 
b«en told you from the beginning? have ye not under- 
stood from the foundations of the earth?" Lsaiah 40:21. 

SOME OLD THINGS lose their value, others never do: 
It is a pretty old-fashioned sun that shone today, and 
it was a pretty-old-fashioned snow that we had the other 
day. I went out to take a look at my garden one evening 
last summer, and as I looked at the lettuce, and carrots, 
and peas, and tomatoes, and on the othei' side of the walk, 
at the potatoes and corn, I remembered that all these 
are pretty old-tfashioned also. And yet we do not — and 
are not going to — discard these for newer styles in eats. 

Did you ever notice that real things have no date on 
them? For instance, mother's hat may be out of style (as 
one well-meaning sister once said to Mrs. Belote when 
she had acquired a new hat, which the sister had never 
seen her wear before, "Goodness, I'm glad you got a new 
hat, I was tired of seeing you wear that old one.") But 
bless her heart! mother's love is never out of style or 

The I'oads that go winding among the mountains in this 
and the adjoining mountainous sections may be very new, 
so new they shine with their newness, but it is the old 
mountains that make the road important. It is the "Hills of 
God" that men traverse the new roads to see. Man has 
made the roads, but had you not heard ? it is God who 
made the mountains ages ago. The giant Sequoias are a 
sight which intrigues the visitor in California; and the 
Yosemite Valley, and Niagara Falls, and the Luray Cav- 
erns and Mammoth Cave, also draw visitors to behold 
their beauties — but their antiquity can never be forgotten, 
and yet it does not detract from their attractiveness. 

Folks often use new things to get a better view, or more 
appi'eciation, or finer understanding of things that are 
timeless. Now God's will and love are as old as time. 
They wei'e old before Abraham, and they will be old 
when our descendents have through technology discovered 
new ways of movement and expression that you and I 
have never imagined or dreamed of. And no matter how 
fast we may move, oi' how far we can send our thoughts 
— forget radio, radar, television — We Will Never Get Be- 
yond the Bounds of God. And the pi-ophet puts the thought 
— and challenge — in the words of the 28th verse: "Hast 
thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting 
God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth, faint- 
eth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His 

Maybe some of you have heard rumors from time to time 
that the Christian religion is old and old-fashioned, and 
that we need a new statement of faith. Well, it is old, 
but it is not antiquated. God is still the Author, the sus- 
tainer of life. He, Himself is life, the life of the Chris- 
tian. He always has been. He always will be. 

— Linwood, Maryland. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copvrighied by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used bv t'<?rmi55ion 

Topic for February 25, 1951 


Scripture: John 4:35; Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 

For The Leader 

FOR US TO SPONSOR a mission in our own neighbor- 
hood sounds like a pretty big order. Especially so 
when we hear everybody say that we have too many 
churches now; that if we'd fill the ones we have we'd be 
doing good. And that is true, as one will surely see in 
visiting churches today. Everywhere, we hear the same 
old story about wishing our church would be filled dur- 
ing services. In rare situations the churches are full, as 
a result of an up-to-date program of purpose and activ- 
ity. Yet we wonder just how big an order it would be 
to sponsor a mission in our own neighborhood. Many 
churches are doing just this. It would be well for us to 
study their methods used, and the blessings received be- 
cause they have had the faith to launch out in a mission 
program to help those around them, as God has com- 
manded them to do. 


1. FALLEN TIMBERS. If the average pastor or the 
average young people's group would approach the aver- 
age church board or congregational church meeting with 
the suggestion that their church start a mission, the 
mighty pillars of the church would faint dead away at 
the thought. The idea of starting a mission when we can 
hardly pay our preacher and raise enough money to buy 
coal! What a most insane thought. "We'd better change 
preachers if he's going to suggest stuff like that." Yes, 
the average church would be shocked into a state of par- 
alysis if such a suggestion was made to them. This con- 
dition would arise because most church members have 
their interests centered on their own little selves. They're 
getting by with what they're paying their preacher, and 
they can manage to pay for the coal, provided the dealer 
gives it to them for ten per cent less than it cost him. 
To them the needs of other people simply do not exist. 
The immobility of the self-righteous is a pitiful situation 
in churches today. For this reason many poor, destitute 
souls are going to hell day by day. 

2. IS IT REALLY THAT BAD? Yes, it really is! To 
see how bad it is, just ask yourselves the question, "Why 
doesn't my local church support a mission in our own 
area?" And when you get done answering that, you'll see 
why it is really, that bad. If we were to suggest even a 
few reasons why our churches do not do this, it would 
fill more than our allotted space. Chiefest is that we are 
content and satisfied that we have a church, the bills are 
paid, and free passage to heaven is assured. (Maybe if 
that is your attitude you may find that your ticket doesn't 
read "heaven.") The other reason we don't have a mis- 
sion is that we have no faith that we could support one. 
So the situation is really bad, for in our neighborhood 

thei-e are many areas that do not have a church whei 
people live who need the gospel. 

3. WHITE UNTO HARVEST. What happens in you' 
church when your pastor preaches a sermon on missions 
Is everybody embarrassed? Are they "sure glad to ge 
out from that this morning?" Or do they just cross on 
foot over the other and stare at the empty pews dow 
front, feverishly hoping that the preacher doesn't haf 
pen to look straight at them? When, when, will wj 
get the vision of lost souls? When will we see that th| 
pi'eaching of the gospel to lost souls is the most importam 
work of the church today? Vaulted ceilings, polishej 
pews and carpeted floors and the like seem to be the obij 
jects of our giving and worshipping today. These receiv! 
our hundreds of dollars, while mission offerings receiv 
the loose change. The puzzle is how long can the Lor« 
bless a church that is interested only in itself and misse. 
the point of Christian service, which is missions? 

4. IT CAN BE DONE. Yes, the surest guarantee o 
life and future in your own church is to take on the sup 
port of a mission point. Survey your locality, see a plac 
where boys and girls and adults are not normally gettinj 
to church because of distance, etc. First secure a place] 
perhaps in a home of a friend or family known to youji 
Advertise with circulars and door to door calls, that yoi 
are going to hold sei-vices on a Sunday afternoon. Arl 
range to use your young people, others, and your pastoiJ 
as circumstances suggest. Then pray and plan, plan and 
pray. Then hold your service, being kind, patient, underj 
standing, even if only four or five come out and the of: 
fering is less than 20c. Keep up this program Sunda; 
after Sunday, arranging to use different people of you 
church in the sei-\'ices, thus winning them from the "i 
can't be done" side to the "yes it can be done" side 
Wliat you will find is that the mission will take lots o 
manpower, sweat, and labor and prayer and planning! 
What you will find also is that it didn't cost as much ai 
the "die-hards" said it would. 

5. RESULTS? There will be results. A properly i-uii 
pi'ogri-am will bring great results. Soon your home wil ' 
be too small that you have been using. So you wall nee(, 
a hall, or empty store-room. Maybe thex-e is even a smal' 
church w'hich some congregation tried to run but lost they. 
vision, that you could rent or purchase. At any rate, wh( 
would not be hearing the gospel were it not for your iniE| 
sion efforts. Soon there will be confessions. Soon out o. 
your mission group will come leaders that will help tf 
shoulder the burdens of the mission. The offerings in thf 
mission will help to care for the expenses that your "pil 
lars" thought would bankrupt the church. Many of thi 
people in your own church will catch the vision, and re 
joice in your efforts. The mission will grow, people wHj 
find Christ, and your church which was afraid to stari 
such a venture, receives great blessings. Attendance wilij 
increase as people realize you ai-e a church with a vision^ 
and with action. i 

6. BLESSINGS, MANY OF THEM. We said then* 
would be blessings. When people do God's will. He doe: 
bless them. God's will is that we shall reach out and wit 
ness with the gospel to those in need. Wlien we do this 
He does bless us. With such a program which every om 
of our churches could follow, God will mysteriously brinj 
to all some blessings as we never would have dreamew 
possible. Is your faith great enough to try it? 

EBRGARY 10, 195! 



]3y C. 0. ^jilmet 


"HELL! the prison house of despair, 

Here are some things that won't be there: 

No flowers will bloom on the banks of Hell, 

No beauties of nature we love so well; 

No comforts of home, music and song, 

No friendship of joy will be found in the throng; 

No children to brighten the long, weary night; 

No love, nor peace, nor one ray of light; 

No blood-washed soul with face beaming bright. 

No loving smile in that region of night; 

No mercy, no pity, pardon, nor grace, 

No water, God, what a terrible place! 

The pangs of the lost no human can tell, 

Not one moment's ease — there is no rest in HELL! 

"HELL! the prison house of despair. 
Here are some things that will be there; 
Fire and brimstone, are there, we know, 
For God in His Word hath told us so; 
Memory, remorse, suffering and pain, 
Weeping, wailing, but all in vain; 
Blasphemers, swearers, haters of God, 
Christ-rejecters while here on earth on earth trod; 
Murderers, gamblers, drunkards and liars. 
Will have their part in the lake of fire; 
The filthy, the vile, the cruel and mean. 
What a horrible mob in Hell will be seen! 
Yes, more than humans on earth can tell, 
Are torments and woes of Eternal HELL!" 


3N THIS SUBJECT Dr. Robert G. Lee gives the fol- 
lowing summary: "Hell is a lake of fire (Rev. 20:15), 

devouring fire (Isa. 33:14), a bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1), 
verlasting burnings (Isa. 33:14), a furnace of fire (Matt. 
3:41, 42), a place of torment (Luke 16:23), where they 
urse God (Rev. 16:11), a place of filthiness (Rev. 22:10, 
1), where they can never repent (Matt. 12:32), a place 
There they have no rest (Rev. 14:1,1), a place of ever- 
isting punishment (Matt. 25:46), a place of blackness of 
arkness forever (Jude 13), a place where they gnaw 
leir tongues (Rev. 16:10), a place where their breath 
'ill be a living flame (Isa. 33:11), a place prepared for 
he Devil( and his angels (Matt. 25:41), a lake of fire into 
'hich people are cast alive (Rev. 19:20), a place from 
rhich the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever 
nd forever (Rev. 14:11), a place where they drink the 
nne of the wrath of God (Rev. 14:10), a place where 
hey do not want their loved ones to come (Luke 16:28), 

place where there are murderers, liars, fearful and 
bominable (Rev. 21:8)." 

Sin is rebellion. Before rebellion against God there was 
necessity for Hell, which was intended for the Devil 

and his angels. It is not cruelty but kindness to tell men 
the truth about Hell. Hell is a terrible reality (2 Thess. 
1:7-9). Those who thought they knew scoffed at Noah's 
belief in the coming flood; at Lot and Abraham's belief 
in the blazing destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; and 
at Jesus' prediction of the coming destruction of Jerusa- 
lem. "Disbelief in Hell does not put out its fires." Sin is 
no trifle — it is a part of our being. Truly, we need to 
flee from "the wrath to come." Let us be afraid of Hell 
( Heb. 4:1; 11:7). If we would know the whole truth about 
SALVATION, we must know that there is DANGER 
(Psalm 9:17)! 

There is an everlasting, "unto the ages of the ages" 
fire in a real place (Matt. 10:28). It is a place of torment, 
and of vile companionships (Rom. 1:29-31), from which 
there is no exit (Luke 16:26). "Hell is a hard word and 
a harder fact." 

Gouiuiciits on the Lesson hij the Cditor 

Lesson for February 

19.') 1 

Lesson: Mark 9:2-4, 14-17, 2.')-29 

THE EVER OLD, ever new story of the Transfigura- 
tion of our Lord is before us today. It is a story 
filled with awe and reverence. We cannot look upon this 
picture, whether painted by artist's brush or by the words 
of the Gospel writers, without pausing to bow our heads 
in worship. The scene is but one of many such which we 
find in the ever-changing life of the never-changing 

We learned last Sunday of the assurance found in the 
Word that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. 
We heard Him say to Peter, "Flesh and blood hath not 
revealed this unto thee." We found that He revealed Him- 
self as the Messiah to whomsoever He willed so to do. 
Now, today, we go one step further and see Him in all 
His majesty. No wonder Peter could say, when he wrote 
his second general epistle to the followers of Jesus, "For 
we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we 
made known to you the power and coming of our Lord 
Jesus Chi-ist, but were eyewitnesses to his majesty." Nor 
is it strange that John in the very introductory verses 
of his first general letter should write, "That which was 
from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have 
seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and 
our hands have handled, of the Woid of life declare we 
unto you." 

These two men wei-e with Jesus on the Mount of Trans- 
figuration and they "saw His Glory," and they heard the 
Voice from heaven say, "This is my beloved Son, hear 
ye him." Is it any wonder they were ready to bow in 
worship and to desire to stay right there in the presence 
of the Lord of heaven and earth? It made them want 



to make a permanent place of worship right there where 
they had "beheld his majesty." 

Transfigured! Changed from the human form He had 
assumed into the bright, glistering effulgence of God 
Himself. No wonder Peter cried, "Master, it is good to 
be here." 

Do we feel that way when we go to the worship ser- 
vice of the church? Do we seek to see the glowing form 
of One who gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins? Do 
we say with the Psalmist of old, "I was glad when they 
said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord," 
and do we go away with a feeling that it has been good 
to be a part of the worship of the one true God ? 

What a picture the Transfiguration scene gives us! 
What an impulse to worship! 

But we have an entirely different scene in the second 
part of the lesson. There can be no staying on the Moun- 
tain Top when there is work to be done in the valley. 

So the three favored disciples who had been with Jesus, 
go down the mountain following Him. The remaining dis- 
ciples who had been left in the valley are found to be in 
difficulty. An evil spirit resists their every effort to dis- 
lodge him from the body of a poor, suffering lad. They 
cannot understand why. Therefore, when Jesus approaches 
they are very glad to see Him. 

You know the result — the evil spirit banished; the lad 
relieved of his suffering; a father made a believer, and 
many made worshippers. 

It is well to worship. All men should! But likewise it 
is necessary to work. Even Jesus said, "I must work the 
work of him that sent me while it is day; the night Com- 
eth when no man can work." But even work that is wor- 
thy of the name is bound up and about with the love 
which we must exhibit to God and the obedience which 
we show Him. 

After all, isn't the entire matter bound up in the word 
of God as it was uttered on the mountain top? He said, 
"This is my beloved Son: hear him!" 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 

(The little booklet, "Doctrinal Statements," by Dr. Mil- 
ler, published some time ago by the Brethren Publishing 
Company, and now out of print, contains a series of forty- 
nine statements, covering the doctrines of the church, both 
general and specific. We feel that it will be enlightening 
to the church at large to present one of these statements 
each week. It will take but a short time to read each one. 
We suggest that if you do not keep a file of the Evange- 
list that you clip them and file them for further study. — 


Our Bible begins with a wonderful saying — "In the be- 
ginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 
1:1. God is both the Grammatical and the Logical sub- 
ject of the first sentence of our Holy Book. Neither the 
Old Testament nor the New Testament present any argu- 
ment to prove the Being of God. 

The whole Bible assumes that God is. That is taken £ 
a fact so self-evident as to need no sort of proof. Ignorai 
and wise alike believe it. 

The whole Bible everywhere appeals to what God dot 
and to what God says. Our God is not a "do-nothing 
God; neither is our God dumb. He works. And what H 
does is good. "And God saw everything that he had madi 
and, behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31; John 5:1' 

God is Spirit. When we think of Spirit we must thinl 
in terms we use when we speak of the only spirit bein? 
we know directly, namely man. When we s.ay God is 
Spirit we must mean that He is a living and active, 
thinking, feeling, and willing Being, a self-conscious Pei 

Such a Person God is with every essential attribute c 
Personality perfect. 

(Next Week— "God: Creator") 


By Mrs. G. E. Drushal 

(We take pleasure in the return of Mrs. Drushal's ver; 
interesting day by day account of the doings at Lost Creei 
Kentucky. She was compelled to stop sending these note 
when illness came into the home. She tells us that sh( 
will now send these notes regularly. The first installmen 
appears below. — Editor.) 

Monday, January 1, 1951. Young folks of the churcl 
had their Watch Night meeting last night. Since I wa.1 
planning on attending an all-day prayer meeting todayl 
I did not attend. Papa went over at eleven o'clock anij 
took charge of the services until midnight. All were ii! 
prayer when the bells began to ring; then from up on thi' 
hill came the blast of fourteen sticks of dynamite. Bellii 
did not awaken me, but the dynamite did. This mornins 
Harold Barnett, Papa and I st-arted for the service o; 
prayer and fasting at Heiner. Something got wrong witlj 
the car and we knew it could not climb that high hill bei 
tween us and Hiner, so we came back. 

Wednesday, January 3. Children back from vacation 
Harold Barnett led prayer meeting. 

Thursday, January 4. Papa sprained a ligament on hii 
knee while helping to adjust a stove at Rowdy. Very pain* 

Saturday, January 6. Young folks attended Youth Ral 
ly at Jackson. Brought back with them four young meni; 
who were the speakers and singers, from Southland Bibl(( 


Sunday, January 7. The four boys from S. B. I. hao' 
charge of the morning sei-vice here. Then they went wit! 
us to Rowdy after dinner. Three accepted Christ at Rowdy 
Mr. Hall took Christmas gifts to Tom's Branch Sundaj 
School, as he was not here at Christmas. Papa baptizec 
Millie Ruth Deaton in chapel baptistry. 

Thursday, January 11. Papa preached funeral of Hoi' 
Fugate in the Hazard Baptist Church. Holt was one ol 
our early converts at the old Big Branch Sunday Schooli 
forty-five years ago, and who had remained faithful. 

5BRUARY 10, 1951 


Friday, January 12. Quite excited over getting a new 
ater for our living room, sent by the West Alexandria, 
lio. Church folks, through iVIr. and IWrs. C. H. Snell, 
ist stove we have ever had, and heats office too. 

Saturday, January 13. Thelma Watts brought us two 
essed hens. Gordon and little Ada Lu came down with 
e flu. Several dormitory children have it. 

Sunday, January 14. Gordon still in bed with flu, also 
rm children. Papa preached here today and at Rowdy, 
en though his knee was hurting. It does not seem to 

improving. As usual, Miss Hartford went to Lower 
iatherwood Sunday School in morning and Mr. Bickle 

Big .Branch. After noon, Mr. Hall to Tom's Branch, 
ipa and I to Rowdy, Miss June Jenkins and Miss Haw- 
rone to Upper Leatherwood. Miss Hartford to Mcln- 
3h, Mr. Bickle to Saldee, Miss Dee Jenkins to Fugate's 
irk. Since we cannot have the school house at Fugate's 
)rk. Miss Dee visits homes Sunday afternoon and has 
am three to five Bible classes. Today she took Christ- 
is gifts to sonxe who had had none. 
(Continued next week) 



On January 1, 1951 we severed our relationship as pas- 
r of the New Paris Brethren Church. We had labored 
Ith' these good people for the past five years and we 
ared our joys and sorrows. It is not an easy thing for 
pastor to leave a church and community where he has 
bored and where he has many friends. This was no less 
ue of our leaving New Paris, for we left many friends, 

and out of the church, whose friendship we shall always 
erish. We shall always pray that the church shall go 
rward in the Lord's service, and under His guidance, 

do bigger and better work than we were able to ac- 

On January the first we left the work there and began 
ir work in Flora, Indiana. This is one of the few 
lurches in Indiana that we had not helped in a meeting 
id it was like going into a new world. We were not ac- 
lainted with the community and knew very few of the 
!ople. However we were well received and we found the 
ingregation good listeners and very hospitable. The 
iwnspeople are congenial and seem to almost go out of 
leir way to make you feel welcome in their community. 
Flora is a nice town situated in one of the best farm- 
g communities in the tri-state area. The members of 
le church are mostly rural people and cover a wide 
rritory. We have not had time to get into all the homes 
1 yet, but the contacts we have had has given us a fa- 
irable impression of the church and community. This 

is the home of Rev. and Mrs. William Lytle and Rev. 
and Mrs. J. W. Browex, with whom the writer lias had 
pleasant fellowship in past years. 

The Brethren's Home is less than a half mile west of 
the church. Some of the residents there attend the ser- 
vices of the church and some are not able. We have a 
prayer service with them once each week which they en- 
joy very much. The Home is very efficiently supei'vised 
by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McDaniel. Those who reside 
there speak highly of the food and treatment they re- 
ceive. More of our people should give the Home more 
consideration and visit it once in a while. The McDaniels 
and the residents there would enjoy having you come. 

We are now pretty well settled and launching out into 
the work and, trying to learn their ways of working. We 
are planning an evangelistic meeting preceding Easter, 
and closing on Easter Sunday. While we are pretty 
much alone at the parsonage just now, we would enjoy 
having our friends and Brethren stop and see us. We 
ask an interest in your prayers that the Lord may lead 
us in this field of activity and that His name will be 

C. A. Stewart 

Ijl 41 t|i 


Another vacation time is past and we find ourselves 
buried quite deep in another term's work. This holiday 
vacation was quite unique this time in that it was the 
first quiet one we have had since being in Kentucky. 
Heretofore firecrackers were always shot much around 
Christmas time, and often some big ones were used. A 
year ago all such was outlawed by act of the General 
Assembly, and thus we had our first nice, quiet Christ- 
mas time. 

We had the usual programs for the time. Here at Lost 
Creek now, for all the years, we have had it Christmas 
day at ten in the morning. We had it so this time. It be- 
ing quite cold tlie attendance was not so good, but the 
program was fine. The school gave three different pro- 
grams before adjourning for the holiday season. The 
Christmas program was given at Rowdy the Sunday 
afternoon before Christmas. How we did wish that all 
those who hacl helped make that building possible could 
have seen and heard what we did. A very commendable 
progTam, before a full house, was given, with perfect 
order and good interest. The folks up there did most of 
the work of preparation, and tliey did a good job of it. 
Much hope for the future for Rowdy. 

One of the things that helped make Christmas, for 
many children who would not have had any to speak of, 
was the nice lot of Christmas toys which you dear Breth- 
ren sent. How I wish you could have seen how the dolls 
and other things were sought for. One girl came in a 
day or two before Christmas with the plea that they in 
their home would not have any Christmas and asked us 
to give her things before the day. She was told to come 
to the program and she and lier sisters would get some- 
thing. You thus helped to make tiie Christmas spirit 
where there would ha^■e been none otherwise. The postal 
or Railroad strike tied things up somewhat. One Christ- 



mas box reached us on January 9th; others just before 
the time for their use. But it all helped out so much, 
and our God, will reward you for having sent the things. 

Then this Christmas time was also made helpful by 
other gifts, all of which we cannot take the space to 
mention, save two of them. One was the gift of an add- 
ing machine from the W. M. S. of the Goshen, Indiana 
Brethren Church. This is a wonderful help in the office 
here, more than we can tell you. The other was a heating 
stove, sent by Mrs. H. G. Snell of West Manchester, Ohio, 
and her helpers in the W. M. S., I believe. These are 
members of the West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church. 
This too, is proving to be a wonderful blessing. 

But possibly the biggest Christmas cheer was the gifts 
sent in money for the work, which helped so much to re- 
lieve the financial strain which the work has been in. 
Somehow the Lord has just let the work get behind in 
its financial obligations, even at a time when the spiritual 
state of the work was at its highest. We are not pre- 
suming to understand this, even in the face of the de- 
preciation of the dollar to where one dollar will only buy 
what fifty cents bought ten years ago. You Brethren 
will never fully know what you did when you helped out 
in that matter, till you receive your rewai'ds in Glory. 
It did help so much. 

Every morning at 6 : 15, except Sunday, we have our 
workers' prayer meeting, with often most of the teachers 
and workers in for it, as it is optional with them. This 
we believe is the dynamo which keeps Riverside going. 
Only about half the money needed for the operation of 
the work comes in through the school. For the other 
half we only ask tlie Lord. The work yet is somewhat 
behind in its financial obligations. Your Christmas gifts 
eased it somewhat and were so much appreciated, we 
assure you. Now will you please join us in prayer to the 
end that the Lord will enable us to pay all our bills in 
a creditable way? AVe thank you. 

G. E. Drushal 

DODDS. Mrs. Anna (Jones) Dodds passed away at tl 
home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Rieger, southwest ( 
Falls City, Nebraska, on January 11, 1951, at the ag 
of 87 years, 5 months and 10 days. She united with t): 
Brethren Church during the winter of 1904 and contii 
ued in this fellowship to the end of her earth life. S\ 
is sui-vived by four daughters: Mrs. Fred Lutz, Mr, 
Mary Rieger, Mrs. Fred Wood and Mrs. Charles F. Johi 
son; two sons: Rev. J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Firestou 
Park Brethren Church of Akron, Ohio, and Leslie Dodo 
of Falls City. Services by the writer. 

LICHTY. Guy C. Lichty passed on to his eternal r( 
ward on January 24, 1951, at the age of 67 years, 
months and 20 days. He was bom in Richardson Count; 
Nebraska, and lived within the county and at Falls Cit 
most of his life. He united with the Brethren Churc 
at the age of thirteen years and continued in this fellow 
ship until the end caniiO. He was a Trustee of the Fall 
City Brethren Church as well as Superintendent of tl; 
Sunday School. He served the Mid-West District on th 
Board of Trustees of Ashland College and Seminary fc 
years. At the request of the family, instead of all-flowe 
tributes, those wishing to do so were invited to contribut 
to a fund for a memorial to be placed in the new Chape 
Left to mourn his absence are his wife, Mrs. Amand 
Lichty; one daughter, Mrs. Henry Shultz; one brothe 
A. H. Lichty; two sisters, Mrs. Chester Stump and Mr 
Marie Shaver. Services conducted by the writer. 

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Items of general Interest 

I Wa.shington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks says, "Again "we 
were very happy to see our morning attendance at the 
worship service away over the one hundred mark. But 
the evening service was a sp.ecial treat. The attendance 
was very good and the singing with the organ and piano 

We note that a new bulletin board has been ordered by 
the Friendship Class, and that the Pilot's Class has on 
hand the material to install a new light along the steps 
of the church. 

Brother Fairbanks was the evening speaker recently 
at the Central Union Mission. 

St. James, Maryland. Seventeen were present for the 
Monday night C. E. meeting recently. This Monday eve- 
ning C. E. meeting is proving to be one worth while. 

Additional attendance pins were given to three more 
who had perfect attendance for one year and one more 
who had a perfect attendance for three years. 

Brother Ankrum was recently made a member of the 
Washington County Historical Society which has it head- 
quarters at Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Johnstown, Penna,, Third. From a bulletin which is be- 
ing issued semi-monthly by the Girls' Class, and sent to 
us by Brother John Golby, we glean the following: On 
the evening of February 6th, the Cambria County C. E. 
Rally was scheduled for the church, with Brother E. M. 
Riddle as the guest speaker. However owing to the rail- 
road strike, coupled with snowbound roads, Brother Rid- 
dle was unable to be present. 

On the afternoon and evening of February 11th the 


Tenth District Sunday School Convention was held in tht 
Third Church. 

February 27th a aauer-kraut public supper is to be held 
sponsored by the Loyal Women's Bible Class. 

Meyersdale, Penna. .Brother W. S. Benshoff reports that 
their first Youth Hour, which followed the evening servia 
was a success, there being 21 young people present, be 
sides those who were in charge of the program and thjt 
refreshments. They came for C. E. at 6:30, stayed for th( 
evening service, and then enjoyed the Youth Hour. 

The World's Day of Prayer was held at our church oi 
Friday afternoon, February 9th. It was a United Com! 
munity Effort. 

Johnstown, Pennja., Second. The Christian Endeavor belt 
a Public Service on Sunday evening, February 4th, an( 
received the loose offering for their work. 

A hymn-sing is planned for Sunday evening, Februar;; 
18th. Choice hymns will be used for this service. I 

We are in receipt of a specimen letter which the Secont 
Church "Brethren Evangelist" solicitor, Mrs. N. V. Leath 
erman, has sent to each member of the church. The Sun^ 
day School subsidizes the 100% list which the Secom 
Church has been sending us for several years. It remindi 
those who are receiving the paper that they are privii 
leged to pay for their own subscription if they wish ti 
do so, but regardless of whether they do or not, the;| 
will continue to receive the Evangelist. This is a goor 
plan to follow. I 

Berlin, Penna. The Lenten services in Berlin are beinl 
held in the various churches and the one for Sunday, Fel 
ruary 18th is scheduled for our church, with Brother Mi' 
ler being the speaker. 

The World Day of Prayer was held in our church oj 
Friday, February 9th, with the service begiiming at 10:0 
A. M., and a covered dish dinner being served at the noo 
hour, after which the service continued until 3:00 o'cloc 
in the afternoon. 

Brother Miller reports that six have completed tl 
third course in Teacher Training, the subject matter bt 
ing entitled, "Paul, his life and teachings." j 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Ginimbling announces thrf 
Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, Ashland College President, will 1 
the guest speaker on Sunday, February 25th. The Pitti 
burgh church is planning for a big day, with a pot-luci 
dinner at the noon hour. 

An Ashland College Gospel Team has been secured 1 1 
the Pittsburgh Church at Easter time, Friday throuf 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Elni' 
Keck says that he has not entirely recovered from h 
accident which he unfortunately had when near Ashlai 
during the Christmas holidays. He has not been able 
get too much work done since January 1st. 

Brother Keck reports that those laymen who traveL 
to the Laymen's Rally in Uniontown, had a rather rouf 
time of it, the roads being very icy, and at times thu 
wondered if they would get there. But they did. 

North Georgetown, Ohio. Brother Robert Hoffman, st 
dent pastor of the North Georgetown church, reports tl 
average attendance for January at 53. They are strivii 

(Continued on pace 11) 

FEBRUARY 17, 1951 


In The H^nds of ^od 

-AN THE BACK PAGE of each bulletin which I re- 
^ ceive from Brother S. M. Whetstone, pastor of our 
iir Dayton, Ohio, Church, is found a selected poem. Each 
ne of these poems has a message if we seek to find it. 
; is put there for that purpose, and not just to fill up 
le space, I am sure. On a bulletin which I received quite 
5cently was one entitled "There's a Way." It goes like 

Walking one day by the side of the road 

I saw an ant with its tiny load 
Hurrying along, as if he knew 

The hour was late and so much to do. 
Turning, twisting and circling about 

The little worn trail wound in and out 
Till it led at last to where there lay 

A wind-blown branch right across the way. 
Puzzled a moment, he stopped to see 

Just where an upward path might be. 
But finding none, he started to climb 

Through the leafy maze, but to fail each time. 
Still bearing his burden, he turned about 

To find the trail that led down and out, 
Then, under the bough, across the road 

He hurried on with his tiny load. 
And I said to myself as I watched him go, 

"0 here is a truth all men should know. 
That, wherever the road, this thing is true: 

We may find a way, under or over or through." 
It set me to thinking! 

Not so long ago I listened to a radio broadcast by a 

inister who was speaking on the subject, "The Triumph 

the Cross." He made one statement which I jotted down 

my memory, and it came to me as I read the above 

>em. He said, "Triumph begins with try." Nothing can be 

complished unless one has the courage to try to do the 

ing. No great invention ever came to be a reality until 

e one who worked upon it "tried" to accomplish the 

ing he set his mind to do. Possibly he had many fail- 

es, yet he continued to "try" out one angle after an- 

her until at last success crowTied his effort. 

James Barrie once said, "The life of every man is a 

u-y in which he means to write one story, and writes 

other; and his humblest hour is when he compares the 

lume as it is with what he hoped to make it." In that 

mility he finds the urge to try again, seeking to make 

? next chapter read far differently — and it usually does. 

The only way in which the "way" can be found is to 

I ice one's self in the hands of God. It is not so strange 

it the little ant of our poem was able to find his way 

I his nest across the road. He was in God's hands. God's 

( imal creations all trust their Creator more than His 

' nan creations. That should not be. 

The story is told of an organist who was practicing at 
the console of his organ, when a rather insignificant look- 
ing stranger approached and asked permission to play. At 
first the organist refused, and then after a bit he gave 
reluctant permission. The cathedral was immediately filled 
with mai-\'elous music. When the stranger had finished, the 
organist asked rather timidly, "Who are you that can 
play like that?" Simply and modestly he replied, "Felix 
Mendelssohn," and walked away. The organist struck him- 
self on the brow and said, "Felix Mendelssohn! The mas- 
ter! Almost I did not let the master have his way." 

How many times can each of us look back and say, 
with agitation in our heart, "Almost I did not let The 
Master have His way in my life!" It is ever the "almost" 
that spells the difference between accomplishment atnd 
failure. Agrippa once said to Paul, "Almost thou per- 
suadest me to be a Christian." But he did not become 
one. Probably the song that has caused more people to 
think concerning their soul is "Almost Persuaded." I have 
seen many a man and woman stand undecided while that 
song was sung, and when the last verse was sung and 
the words, "Almost — but lost," came forth, and they came 
to realize that "Almost could not avail, and almost was 
but to fail," they came out to accept their Lord and Sav- 
iour. Then, when the meeting was over, they came and 
said, "I almost did not come; but how glad I am that I 
did." Someone has said, "It isn't the sole cost that is so 
important, but the soul cost. That is a price too high to be 
be paid." 

I had a friend, while living in Canton, who had an urge 
in his early life to be a missionary to China. He did not 
heed the call. In his later years, when too old to go as a 
missionary, he tried to make up for it by assisting in 
every way he could Chinese people who were near him. 
He did a good work this way, but what might he not have 
accomplished if in his early years he had "let the Master 
have His way in his life?" 

"I'll try," are the most pleasing words the Master can 
hear. If we meet Him with those words on our lips. We 
will find the task already half done. We should learn the 
truth of His words — "I am the Way" and walk therein. 

Think it over! 


February Is 
Benevolence Month 



It li(^PP^^^(^ (^i Winona Lake 

7he Fifth Birthday Varty of "StctA^im "l^auti* 

THE FINAL COUNT shows that 466 were reg- 
istered for the big day, with many others un- 
registered. Brethren young people and their lead- 
ers from all over Indiana met for the day to fel- 
lowship together, and to discuss vital problems 
relative to young people. Practically every church 
in Indiana was represented, each bringing birth- 
day gifts in money to celebrate the Fifth Birth- 
day of Brethren Youth. A total of $-566.25 was 
brought for the portable mission chapel being 
bought by Brethren Youth for the Mission Board. 

^rl-rrihEN YOUTH IK.: 

The encouraging thing about the rally was that 
most of the young people attended the services of 
the whole day not just the banquet program. As a 
result of this it was necessary to use the large 
Presbyterian Church, along with the Free Meth- 
odist Church, and the Westminster hotel, for our 
nine discussion groups. One of the groups was 
made up entirely of adult leaders ; this proved to 
be very valuable for all. From this and the other 
discussion groups came these two valuable con- 
clusions: We need Brethren doctrine stressed. 
perhaps the Sunday School lessons should be used 
for that purpose; we need a youth director in 
every church, was the second important conclu- 
sion. Comments are still being made concerning 
the value of these discussion sessions. 

Other features of the day included a conducted 
tour of the grounds at Winona, a religious film, 
and a very fine banquet. 

Dennis Snell, counsellor at the Pacific Garden 
Mission in Chicago, was the speaker for the eve- 
ning banquet. Along with his very helpful mes- 
sage the Brethren Youth "Ambassadoi's" brought 
a message in song. Dr. L. E. Lindower from Ash- 

land College was present also to bring greetings 
from the Ashland College and Seminary. 

Money for the portable chapel was given im 
respojise to requests for gifts to celebrate the fifth 
year of progress through the present youth work. 
The Elkhart delegation was asked to explain how 
they raised their money, to which Paul Wehrly 
replied "The young people's advisors promised tc 
double anything the young people raised, which ^ 
they did. Then an evening offering added to the 
total also." County Line delegation made a unique: 
gift also, for in a neatly wrapped gift package 
was a beautiful miniature plastic chapel filled 
with money. The chapel now is resting in the Na- 
tional Youth office at Ashland, still collecting| 
coins. I 

The evening was closed very effectively with i 
candlelight service conducted by Rev. Virgil Ej 
Meyer, of Nappanee. To add to the enjoyment o1| 
the day the lady who served the banquet said thai 
she never thought such a large group of younj! 
people could be gotten together for a rally. Shi 
said that she had never heard of such a thing be; 
fore. All of which made those in charge feel very! 
very fine. 

At «*& ^(uuguet 7«^ 

Much praise goes to Rev. Meyer, Janet Kinj 
George Welch, Paul Wehrly, Rev. E. J. Beekle 
and the Warsaw people, and all the ministers i 
Indiana for their fine cooperation, and many othej 
people behind the scenes who made this Brethre 
Youth Birthday Party one of the largest, if nc 
the largest rally, in the history of the church. 
— Chas. Munson, Nat'l. Youth Director. 

Cuts courtesy "Brethren Youth" Magazine. 

'EBRUARY 17, 1951 


Brethren Church History Ahraham 


Dy Kev. rreeman 



It was a cold, dark and drizzly morning when Abraham 
.incoln on February 11, 1861 left Springfield, Illinois, 
3r the arduous duties and martyrdom ahead of him as 
'resident of a great country filled with strife and turmoil. 

It may be that Lincoln sensed that morning the diffi- 
ulty of the tasks ahead of him when he said to the throng 
lat had gathered to see him off and wish him God-Speed, 
My Friends: — No one, not in my situation, can appre- 
iate my feelings of sadness at this parting. To this place 
nd the kindness of these people I owe every thing. Here 

have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed 
;'om a young man to an old man. Here my children have 
een bom, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing 
hen or whether ever I may return, with a task before 
le greater than that which rested upon Washington, 
i^ithout the assistance of that Divine Being who ever 
ttended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I 
mnot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and 
;main with you, and be everywhere for good, let us 
jnfidently hope all will be well. To His care commend- 
Lg you as I hope by your prayers you will commend me, 

bid you an affectionate farewell." Thus on Monday 
lorning in the mists of a Winter's dawni, the journey 
jgan to Washington. 

A Bible commonly lay on Lincoln's desk, and frequent- 
' spoke its words of comfort to him in the dark days of 
tate. His words many times were the words of a man 
' deep religious sensibility who had passed through ex- 
sriences "that baptized his soul in solemnity and attained 

new sense of reliance upon the help of God." 

Lincoln's acquaintance vrith the .Brethren, and the seem- 
igly incontrovertible fact that he was in his ovra heart 
id mind a member of the Church may be seen in his 
■eed. A close comparison with the Doctrine of the Breth- 
^n may show interesting similarities. It is given in full 
i follows, in his own words. 

"I believe in God, the Almighty, Ruler of Nations, our 
reat and merciful Maker, our Father in Heaven, who 
3tes the fall of the sparrow and numbers the hairs of 
ir heads. 

"I believe in His eternal truth and justice. I recognize 
le sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and 
■oven by all history that those nations only are blest 
hose God is the Lord. 

"I believe that is the duty of nations as well as of 
en to own their dependence upon the overruling Power 

God, and to invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit; 

confess their sins and transgressions in humble sor- 
w, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will 
!ad to mercy and pardon. 

"I believe that it is meet and right to recognize and 
■nfess the presence of the Almighty Father equally in 

our ti'iumphs and in those sori'ows which we may justly 
fear are punishment inflicted upon us for our presump- 
tuous sins to the needful end of our reformation. 

"I believe that the Bible is the best gift which God 
has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour 
of the world is communicated to us through this book. 

"I believe that the will of God prevails. Without Him 
all human reliance is vain. Without the assistance of that 
Divine Being I cannot succeed. With that assistance I 
cannot fail. 

"Being the humble insti'ument in the hands of our 
Heavenly Father, I desire that all my works and acts 
may be according to His will; and that it may be so, I 
give thanks to the Almighty, and seek His aid. 

"I have a solemn oath registered in Heaven to finish 
the work I am in, in full view of my responsibilities to 
my God, with malice toward none; with charity for all; 
with firmness in the right as God gives me to see the 
right. Commending those who love me to His care, and 
as I hope in their prayers they will commend me, I look 
through the help of God to a joyous meeting with many 
loved ones gone before." 

While in Washington Lincoln was a regular attendant 
with his family at the New York Avenue Presbyterian 
Church. The Pastor was Rev. Phineas D. Gurley. 

On April SI, 1865 a load was lifted from the shoulders 
of the people of the Nation. The sun of hope shone 
brighter than it had appeared foi' many years. The boys 
in Blue and the boys in Gray were on their way to their 
homes. Peace had come. On this day the President, un- 
known to him, posed for the Photographers for the last 
time. April 14 a friend of his was desirous of visiting 
him. It was George Ashmun who presided over the Con- 
vention in 1860 when Lincoln was nominated. 

On Good Friday, the 14t!h, the President held his last 
cabinet meeting. He urged his ministers to turn their 
thoughts to peace. There must be no more bloodshed, no 
persecution. General Grant was present for the cabinet 
meeting. He was asked for news of Sherman but said he 
had none. Lincoln remarked that news would come and 
good news. "For," he said, "last night he had a dream, 
a familiar dream. In a strange indescribable ship we 
seemed to be moving with great rapidity towards a dark 
and undefined shore." This was indeed true but he real- 
ized not its import. 



April 14 the last writing the President did, was when 
he wrote the following note: 

April 14, 1865 
Allow Mr. Ashmun 
& friend to come in 
at 9-A. M. tomorrow 

A. Lincoln. 

The night of April 14 the man who had carried the 
burden of the country went to the Theatre for relaxa- 
tion. A few minutes after ten when the Presidential guard 
had left the box a heavy bullet was fired into the head 
of Lincoln. The President was carried across the street 
to a cheap lodging house, where he was laid on a bed 
in a narrow back room. He lay diagonally across the bed 
which was not long enough for him. Members of the 
Presidential staff were present along with others. Bev. 
Gurley was present during those trying hours and of- 
fered prayer. All through the night his Pastor and others 
watched by the bedside of the stricken giant. His slow, 
full respiration lifted the clothes with each breath he 
took. His features were calm and striking. When the 
morning dawned, as the light of the weeping April day 
covered the earth with joy, and the Potomac sent back 
the colors of the new born day; at 7:22 it was seen that 
the soul of the man from the Prairies was slipping its hu- 
man anchor. As the soul left the house of clay, the prayer 
of Rev. Gurley ended with "As Thy will be done." Sec- 
i-etary Edwin M. Stanton bent over the bed and with 
tender fingers closed the eyes of the dead President stat- 
ing as he did so, "He belongs to the Ages now." 

The funeral took place in the East room of the White 
House on April 19. His Pastor, Rev. P. D. Gurley, gave 
the funeral address. A paragraph of his sermon is given: 

"I speak what I know, and testify what I have often 
heard him say, when I affirm that the Divine goodness 
and mercy were props on which he leaned. Never shall 
I forget the emphatic and deep emotion with which he 
said in this very room, to a company of Clergymen and 
others who called to pay him their respects, in the dark- 
est hours of civil conflict: 'Gentlemen, my hope of suc- 
cess in this struggle rests on the immutable foundation, 
the justness and goodness of God; and when events are 
very threatening, I still hope, that in some way, all will 
be well in the end, because our cause is just, and God 
will be on our side." Such was his sublime and holy faith, 
and it was an anchor to his soul. It made him firm and 
strong; it emboldened him in the pathway of duty, how- 
ever rugged and perilous it might be; it made him valiant 
for the right, for the cause of God and humanity, and 
it held him in steady patience to a policy of administra- 
tion which he thought God and humanity required him 
to adopt." 

The Prairies that gave him to the Nation took him 
back to their breast. He is buried in beautiful Oak Ridge 
Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. In the interior of the 
monument over which a marble obelisk rises 117 feet^ 
rest the bodies of Mrs. Lincoln and three children. Back 
of the centotaph, in the rotunda and ten feet below the 
floor lies Lincoln. The nine flags surrounding the cento- 
taph represent the states where the Lincoln generations 
have lived. At the age of 56 the man who was hated, 
loved, misunderstood, reviled while he lived perhaps more 
than any other President, departed this life to rest in 
the embrace of time. 

There is a poem which hangs upon the tomb of Lin- 
coln, in the original hand writing of the Author, Ednaj 
Dean Proctor, two verses which we use to end this ar- . 

Now must the storied Potomac 

Honors forever divide ; 
Now to the Sangamon fanieless 

Give of its centuries pride; i 

Sangamon, stream of the prairies, I 

Placidly westward that flows. 
Far in whose city of silence j 

Calm he has sought his repose. , 

Not for thy sheaves nor savannas 

Crown we thee, proud Illinois! 
Here in this grave is thy gi-andeur. 

Born on his sorrow tjiy joy 
Only the tomb by Mount Zion 

Hewn for the Lord do we hold 
Dearer than his in thy prairies. 

Girdled with harvests of gold. 

St. James, Maryland , 



Uniontown Brethren Church on Monday evening, Janu- 
ary 29th at 7:30 o'clock. The meeting was called to orderi 
by E. R. DeBolt. The devotions were in charge of A. RJ 
Umbel, who read from Psalm 130 and followed the read- 
ing with prayer. 

District President, John Golby and Vice President, W, 
C. Blough were introduced. Special music by the Albert 
sisters of Uniontown was followed hy an address by Pres- 
ident Golby, who used for his theme Romans 12:1. Harry 
.Berkshire of Masontown made a few remarks, as did Rev. 
Elmer Keck of Jones Mills and Rev. Ralph Mills of Union- 

The business session was iai charge of President Golby. 
An offering which amounted to $12.51 was applied to the 
host chui'ch's share of the Chapel Equipment Fund. A mo- 
tion was properly passed that President Golby draw up 
a memoi'ial in behalf of the passing of H. W. Darr and 
James L. Barkhymer of Johnstown who recently passed 
away. Vice President Blough presented the goals of the 
Organization and the importance of attaining them. 

Interest was shown by the Uniontown brethren and il 
is hoped that they may soon become an active Laymen's 

Howard Mack, Acting Secretary. 

The following is the Resolution which was drawn up ir 
response to the action of the District Organization: 


With profound sorrow, the Laymen of the PennsylvanisJ 
District Brethren Laymen's Organization record the death 
of two of its active and earnest members: H. W. Darr o> 

-'EBRUARY 17, 1951 


fohnstown First Church, and James L. Baikhymer of 
ohnstowTi Third Church. 

Brother Darr delivered inspiring and helpful addresses 
,t several of our Laymen's Rallies; also sei-ved the Dis- 
rict well as an active Layman and Officer in the Penn- 
ylvania District Conferences. 

Brother Barkhymer was very active in the District Lay- 
uen work, having sei-ved several terms as Vice President, 
leing helpful in laying the gi'ound work for the progress 
liat the District Laynien are making this year. He also 
erved the Pennsylvania District Conference as Layman 
nd Officer. 

The sense of Community-District loss is mingled with 
eep sympathy for their families. 

Adopted by the Pennsylvania District Laymen, meeting 
t Uniontown, Pennsylvania, January 29, 1951. 

John Golby, District Pi'esident 
A. M. Cober, District Secretary. 


By Mrs. G. E. Drushal 

Tuesday, January 16. Went to Lexington to get glasses 
xed and feet treated. One of the business women there 
Mned our Bible Reading Band. I read a good part of the 
ook of Matthew on bus. Got elastic kaee cap for Papa, 
nd further instructions on what to do for him. Bus so 
jll of smoke on way home it nearly choked me. 

Wednesday, January 7. Myrtle Martin received her di- 
loma in chapel this morning, having finished her high 
;hool work at Riverside. 

Thursday, January 18. Good attendance at Rowdy 
rayer meeting. Lena Mae Landrum brought the mate- 
al for the class room curtains and Mrs. Chaney took 
lem home to hem them. 

Friday, January 19. Miss Hawthorne, who helps with 
jr stenographic work, wrote cards to members of the 
ible Reading Band, and helped us get caught up with 
IT "Thank You" letters to those who have sent clothing, 
c Papa's knee a little better. The elastic knee cap, hot 
dts-water packs three times a day and the liniment 
•ems to be helping. Doctor says for him to stay off his 
et. He does, except when he teaches and preaches and 
ms around the place looking over things. Ed Fugate, an 
d Riverside graduate, called on Papa to discuss fire pre- 
mtion. After supper the little children came over here 
pop corn while the larger ones had their Fi-iday night 

I Saturday, January 20. Gordon's birthday. Had a fried 
licken dinner for him. Hobart MuUins came in for a last 

[sit before entering the Service. He just finished college 
is week and had a school promised him for the rest of 
e winter. 

! Sunday, January 21. Usual services at the eight points, 

■ sides Miss Dee Jenkins' visitation work up Fugate's 

irk. She took some more toys and candy up to Fugate's 

irk, as she had not gotten around to all the homes. We 

!re glad some of the gifts and candy sent in did not 

reach us before Christmas, or it was just as well they 
did not, for some of the teachers were gone over the Hol- 
idays. While she w,as away this afternoon, two boys got 
into a fight. After they were separated, one remarked 
casually, "Well, my father killed a man." 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 


(Second of the aeries) 

In our first study we learned that God is the Perfect 
Person. He is not only perfect in His Personality, but in 
His Moral Nature He is equally so. God is perfectly Good. 

We also learned there that God works. That He is ac- 
tive. In all His works He is righteous. He does all He 
does well. An Old Testament Psalmist puts it in words 
for us better than we can. "The Lord is righteous in all 
his ways, and gracious in all his works." Be careful what 
you charge God with doing. 

The motive through which God acts is also* the highest 
possible to human thought. Our word "Love" expresses it; 
it is Holy Love through which and because of which He 
does all He ever does. 

Now the work of God is first of all creative. God cre- 
ated. It is this fact we need to ever remember. Things 
did not just come to be, just spring into existence. How 
He did it He nowhere tells us. That He did create all 
things our Holy Bible everywhere asserts or assumes. 

(Next week — "God: His Providence and Government") 



Received February 12 

Because, doubtless many people in the Brotherhood are 
wondering how the recent flood waters of Southeastern 
Kentucky hit Riverside, we now write very briefly. In our 
judgment it was the worst in the history of the work. I 
say "the worst" because of the loss of property, human 
suffei'ing, and its dangerous potentialities. But we are 
happy to report no lives lost through it. But it did give 
us anxious days, with only three or four hours sleep at 
night; no fires in the girls' dormitory because of the flooded 
basements putting out four fui'nace fires with tempera- 
ture two above Friday morning, and zero Saturday morn- 
ing; the water off because of something wrong with the 
pump. Sunday services were held in the dining room be- 
cause the basement of the other building was flooded, and 
much concern when we did try to rest. What the prop- 
erty damage will be, we do not know now. But we are 
happy that all is as well as it is, and we thank the Lord 
for what we believe was answers to prayer; the measle- 
sick children in the girls' dormitory seemingly not hurt 
by it; teachers and workers all coming through and keep- 
ing quite well. Watch for Mrs. Drushal's diary for more 
detailed information. G. E. Drushal. 




The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 

"Ghe Saboteur 

He has been a member of the church for many years, 
and always a generous contributor. He is in his place in 
the house of worship regularly, and lives a life of un- 
questioned moral quality. He can be relied upon at meet- 
ings of the board, and in matters of doctrine and belief 
he is altogether orthodox. He will lead in public prayer 
when called upon to do so, and no man surpasses him in 
private helpfulness to the widow and the orphan. He 
puts his iChurch ahead of his lodge, his committee duties 
ahead of his own personal business, and his missionary 
pledge ahead of his club dues. 


Among his business friends who are not churchmen, he 
complains about "the way the church is run" — and thus 
alienates them further. He criticizes the preacher and 
the Sunday School teachers in the presence of his child- 
len — and thus incites them to rebel against the church. 
(Then he wonders why his friends and his own children 
do not go to church!) He stirs up strife and spreads dis- 
content among the people if he cannot have his own way 
at the board meeting — thus sinning against the fellowship. 
He complains about "the apportionments," declaring that 

"the overhead is too high." He becomes the center of il 
little group of malcontents and "fights for principle" uni 
til the life of the entire congregation is disrupted. 

His generosity, his dependability and his moral char| 
acter entitle him to a place of honor in the life of th 

His spirit of criticism, his disposition to peddle gossij 
and his divisive attitudes, combine to make him a dan 
gerous saboteur. — from the Christian Advocate. Rea 
I Corinthians 13:11 

— Huntington, Indiana BuUetir 


The Reverend Virgil Ingraham of Stockton will becomi 
the new Pastor at Stockton Brethren Church early i; 
March. The Reverend Charles E. Johnson closed his pas 
torate December 31, 1950. During the intei-im, the Rev 
erend George H. Jones and his wife of Johnstown, Penn 
sylvania, spending the winter in California, have shep 
herded the flock until Brother Ingraham can assume thi 

Brother Jones has sent to this office a detailed repoi' 
of attendance at different services for January. He als 

^astor For Tucson, ftrizona 

Reverend Vernon D. Grisso, Pastor of the Smithville, Ohio Brethren 
Church was released by vote of the congregation Sunday, Febi'uary 4, to 
become the Pastor of a new church at Tucson, Arizona. He will probably 
assume his new pastorate some time in April. 

The Missionary Board made the request of the Smithville congrega- 
tion through the General Secretary, E. M. Riddle. The Secretary appeared 
before the official board and also addressed the congregation on January 
28, expressing the need for a church in Tucson. He also told the congre- 
gation of the vote of the Tucson Brethren asking the Board, if, possible, to 
send the Grisso family to begin this new work. 

It should be said that the Grissos have had a very successful pastor- 
ate at Smithville and are highly respected by theii' church and community. 

It should be said, also, that it is a decision of no small moment for a 
congregation to vote a release for their pastor, when acceptable service 
is being rendered. 

The Missionary Board deeply appreciates the most excellent coopera- 
tion of the Smithville Church. 

— E. M. R. 

FEBRUARY 17, 1951 


reported pastoral calls — 40; sick calls — 6; anointing ser- 
vice — 1; General calls — 12. 

He was also a speaker for two different addresses in 
the California District Conference held in January. 

A reception and welcoming party was held at the church 
honoring the guest pastor and wife. The congregation pre- 
sented gifts of fruit and jellies, etc., for the Pennsyl- 
vania friends to enjoy. Brother Jones reports also a city- 
wide Evangelistic campaign in progress and that he is 
making many calls in order to win some for the church. 

Due to a contact of Brother C. E. Johnson, the Stock- 
ton Church profited by a gift that recently came to it, 
through the settlement of an estate. 


Canadian Christian Endeavorers are planning to erect 
a Tower as a memorial to Dr. Francis E. Clark, the found- 
er of this organization. 

The 100th anniversary of the biith of Dr. Clark will 
take place in 1951. He was a pioneer of youth work in 
Protestant churches, with the start of Christian Endeavor 
February 2, 1881. To fittingly observe the centennial of 
Dr. Clark's birthday, the Canadian C. E. union will pro- 
ceed with the tower which is to redesign the front of St. 
Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Aylmer, Quebec. It is 
planned to complete it this next summer. The congre- 
gation at this place will also give material support to 
the project. 


The Oriental Missionary Society has organized a "Korea 
Relief Campaign," for the purpose of collecting clothing 
and other much needed articles for the battle-scarred, 
destitute, and homeless in Korea. Sub-zero temperatures 
prevail through the winter in the greater part of the coun- 

A bulletin issued by the Society refere to an appeal 
by the United States Army in Washington, D. 0., for 20,- 
DOO',000 pounds of clothing and other articles, and the 
A.rmy's offer to provide free transportation. The follow- 
ing articles in good condition are receivable and urgently 
needed: Sweaters, coats, robes, and caps; trousers and 
overalls, children's outer clothing, women's dresses and 
skirts; underwear — woolen and cotton; shoes — adult sizes 
hrough 8^/4 all widths (high heels and open toes not to 
3e desired); socks and stockings; gloves, mittens, and 
nufflers; bedding — including blankets, comforters, quilts 
ind sheets and pillow-cases; yarn, needles and thread; 
■ioap — laundry and bath. 

All packages, with shipping charges prepaid, should 
)e sent to the Oriental Missionary Society, 900 N. Hobart 
Blvd., Los Angeles 29, Calif. Monetary gifts are also ac- 
ceptable and will be cared for separately from the regu- 
ar funds of the Oriental Missionary Society. 


A dormitory prayer meeting turned into a genuine re- 
vival recently at Far Eastern Bible Institute and Semi- 
lary, where Miss Beulah Heaton is teaching. 

It began at the weekly girls' dormitory prayer meeting 
one evening at 9:30. Several of the girls seemed genu- 
inely burdened about their sins. The prayer meeting be- 
came a time of heart -searching confession before the Lord 
which lasted until the early houis of the morning. 

News of what had happened spread throughout the 
school, and the next morning as the girls stood in chapel 
to sing, "Faith is the Victory," the men in the student 
body expressed theii- desire to share in the victory. 

The chapel service turned into a victory meeting, with 
each student praying and gaining spiritual victories over 
the problems in his life. 

One student testified that he had found a real faith 
after a long period of doubt as to the Deity of Christ. A 
converted priest found victory over discouragement. He 
had almost decided to go home because he found the stud- 
ies so difficult. Another student confessed to stealing food 
from the dining hall. 

The result was a lenewed spirit of happiness among 
the students and deeper passion to win others for the 

Dr. Murraij 

They cannot shell His temple, 

Nor dynamite His throne; 
They cannot bomb His city, 

Nor rob Him of His own. 
They cannot take Him captive. 

Nor strike Him deaf or blind. 
Nor starve Him to surrender. 

Nor make Him change His mind. 
They cannot cause Him panic, 

Nor cut off His supplies; 
They cannot take His kingdom, 

Nor hurt Him with their lies. 
Tho' all the world be shattered. 

His truth remains the same, 
His righteous laws still potent 

And Father's still His name. 
Tho' we face war and struggle. 

And feel their goad and rod. 
We know above confusion 

There always will be God. 

— Prophetic News. 


The Ohio District Statistician, Paul M. Clapper, has sent 
your church secretary a reminder of the urgency of a full 
statistical report. If you are an official in any of your 
church organizations you can assist greatly by making 
your oi'ganizational I'eports to your local church secre- 
tary as soon after March 31st as possible. This will aid 
your local secretary in making his report to the District 
Statistician early. Please do this and then we will be able 
to have a 100% report from our Ohio churches. 

Fred C. Vanator, District Secretary. 




National Sunday School Association Page 

H. H. Rowsey, President 

COolding l:loung £ives "Ghrough "Ghe Sunday School 

By Edwin Puterbaugh 

Brother Puterbaugh is a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Lanark, Illinois and a graduate 
student in Religious Education at the Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. — HHR. 

TODAY YOUNG PEOPLE are confronted by a world 
which is dominated by materialism and pleasure-seek- 
ing, a world, which although it may recognize such a thing 
as spiritual needs, in actual practice seems incapable of 
appreciating the fact that "man does not live by bread 
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth 
of God." If it is true that 50% of the population of our 
country claims membership in some church, this is an 
acknowledgment of the value of respectability and moral 
decency rather than an indication of genuine spirituality. 
Moreover, although we cannot say how many real Chris- 
tians there ai-e, we can be quite sure that there are far 
less than the 50% who profess church membership. 

Why does such a condition exist ? Can it be that the 
days of successful evangelism are past? No; for the fact 
that the gospel message presented in a simple style and 
a straightforward manner can still touch men's hearts 
has been proved conclusively by the experiences of Billy 
Graham, Charles Fuller, and others. If, then, men are 
not converted, it is not the fault of the gospel, but, rather, 
it is because of the failure to present it, or the failure to 
present it in the proper way and at the proper time. 

If there is any time especially conducive to the recep- 
tion of the gospel message, it is the period of youth. For 
it is pre-eminently young people who are always aspir- 
ing to something nobler and better. Moreover, it is young 
people who are still pliant enough in character and per- 
sonality to enable them to make I'apid progress in the 
"new life" once the decision for Christ is made. And in 
spite of the liberal teaching so prevalent today, young 
people are conscious of sin, and more readily convicted of 
it, because they have had less time to develop a calloused 
attitude towards sin. 

And so I think the primary consideration in teaching 
a young people's class is evangelism. So long as there is 
one member left who has not accepted Christ, we must 
avail ourselves of every opportunity to present the mes- 
sage of Christ's salvation in a personal way. And even 
after all the class are Christians, the evangelistic empha- 
sis must not be forgotten, foi- not only do we want our 
young people to be saved, but once they are saved, we 
want them to "be on fire" and "keep on fire" for Christ. 

It not only is imperative that our youth accept Christ 
and become evangelistically minded, but also that they 
appreciate the nature of their salvation. It is not neces- 
sary to use a lot of theological terms, but in simple lan- 

guage we can show that salvation is through faith in 
Christ and not by works. We must make it clear to our 
pupils that although works are the proving gi'ound of 
faith, faith is the key to salvation, faith centered in Christ' 
as a personal Redeemer and the One through Whom and 
in Whom the Christian is enabled to live a new and bet- 
ter life. 

As I have implied, the teacher's job is not done when 
he has led all his pupils to Christ, but rather this is only 
the beginning of his responsibility. For it is his privi- 
lege to instruct the class in the principles of Christian, 
living, and this necessitates a thorough acquaintance with: 
the Bible and the employment of the very best methodfi 
and materials in order to make the Bible and the Chris- 
tian way genuinely meaningful to the young believer. 

One of the general ways in which the lesson can be! 
made to "come alive" is by the use of the discussior' 
method. Do not be worried if the material cannot always 
be covered in the time allotted, for it is better to covei 
a small amount of material in a thorough way than tc 
give only superficial treatment to the entire lesson. Lei, 
the pupils feel free to ask questions, but try not to lei 
them get too far off the general theme. If you see that 
certain questions are bothering them greatly, take time 
out from the regular lesson plan occasionally to allovN' 
for the discussion of life problems which are troubling 
the students. The important thing is always to remembei' 
that the class should belong to the students. Let thei]; 
needs and problems determine the bent of your teaching 
and you will find them more and more coming to you foi' 
advice and guidance. 

The attitude of the teacher is quite as important as the 
methods used in teaching the lesson. This leads me to pre- 
sent a "must" for teachers of young people. Be interestec 
in young people and in their activities. Give them a chancf 
now and then to tell what they are doing, and show thai 
you are genuinely interested in their work. If you cannot 
be genuinely interested in their lives, their ambitions, anc 
their aspirations, you have no business teaching young 
people. For if you only feign interest, they will be quid 
to detect your insincerity, and all your teaching and ser 
monizing will be of little value. Remember that if yoi 
want your pupils to be interested in what you are say 
ing, you must first show that you are interested in theffl 
and in their activities. 

And now a word of reminder to all teachers. It is J 
Brethren teaching that our only creed is the whole Bible 
but I wonder how many of us stress the inspiration of th( 
Bible as we should. Let lis be careful in this day of skep 
ticism and Biblical criticism to make it clear that w.e be 
lieve the Bible inspired in its entirety, not just in cer 

EBRUARY 17, 1951 


ain portions. I am afraid that some of us in practice, 
■ not in theory, demonstrate that we believe some parts 
f the Bible more whole-heartedly than others. Let us not 
escend to the belief of a certain non-Brethren, who says 
hat the only parts of the Bible which are inspired are 
hose which inspire him. If the Bible is not inspired in 
ts entirety, can we be even reasonably sure that any 
art is inspired? Let us thank God that the Bible from 
Genesis" to "Revelation" is His Word and not just the 
;ords of godly men, and let us teach the Bible — the whole 
;ible — as God's revelation to us — the only objective source 
f absolute truth which we have. 

My prayer for all who are entrusted with the great i-e- 
ponsibility of teaching in the church school is that we 
lay never forget that the chief issue is not Communism, 
errible as that menace may be, but Christ. "For there is 
other name under Heaven given among men whereby 
/e must be s.aved"; and "what shall it profit a man, if 
e shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

or an attendance of 101 in '51, but the weather in Janu- 
.ry was not conducive to such an effort. 

Brother Hoffman began his second year as pastoi' on 
''ebruary 4th. 

The North Georgetown Church has sent in their largest 
ffering for Publications for some time — this year it was 
55.00. That is very commendable and should make our 
irger churches sit up and take notice. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Parik Church. Sister Lena K. 
Vashbum writes that on Sunday, February 4th they "had 
wo ladies step out on the side of the Lord." Thank you, 
Iso, Sister Washburn, for your kind words concerning 
ih.e Evangelist. 

Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Sunday School is now en- 
aged in a Contest, the nature of which is not mentioned 
1 the bulletin. Also a visitation campaign is in the mak- 

Warsaw, Indiana. We learn that the boys of the Boys' 
brotherhood of the Warsaw Church are pledging them- 
ijlves to raise $750.00 toward the Mission Chapel which 
I; being purchased by Brethren Youth. 
I We note also that in spite of the cold, the last Family 
Itight was a great success, with seventy-eight present to 
Injoy a program which was presented by Doug Kehler. 

: Goshen, Indiana. Brother W. E. Ronk reports that on 
|anuary 21st three were baptized and received into the 

A chicken dinner is being sponsored by the Loyalty 
lass on Saturday, February 17th, in the interest of the 
jarsonage indebtedness. 

The following equipment has been added to the church: 
nother piano has been installed in the Piimary Room by 
le Sunday School; a new kitchen counter has been in- 
alled for the coffee urns; and a new bookcase for the 
-1^ of the Junior Department is about ready for use. 

iMilford, Indiana. A reception was held for Brother and 
ster Imniel at the Milford Church on Sunday afternoon. 

January 21st, from 3:00 to 5:00 o'clock. Brother Immel, 
who was recently ordained to the ministry, is the new 
pastor of the Milford church, succeeding Brother W. I. 
Duker who was forced to retire because of his health. 

College Comer, Indiana. Brother Minegar reports that 
the College Corner young people are now organized in a. 
youth group. 

The Laymen's Organization entertained at a dinner 
nieeting on February 13th, the dinner being prepared and 
served by the young people of the church. A free-will of- 
fering was lifted to be given to the young people's gift to 
Indiana Brethren Youth. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. E. Meyer reports that 
the Amplification System has been installed and that it 
was in use during the week of special meetings which was 
conducted by Brother W. E. Ronk. 

Udell, Iowa. Brother Deeter reports that the extreme 
cold has not permitted any work on the Annex, for which 
ground was recently broken. A report of this ground 
breaking will appear soon. 

Brother Deeter says he will be speaking for one week 
in March over Radio Station KCOG. He does not aay which 

Waterloo, Iowa, The Waterloo Laymen held a "Waffle 
Supper' on Tuesday evening, February 13th. 

Brother Spencer Gentle reports that there were fifty- 
five young people at the young people's banquet which 
was held on Saturday evening, Febi'uary 3rd. 

Milledgeville, llUnois. A card from Brother D. C. White 
says, "We had another wonderful one of our family nights 
at the church last evening (February 5th), with a fine 
program and about 125 in attendance. Rev. Hamel was 
with us. Last Sunday was his first at Lanark." 

.McLouth, Kansas. Brother John Bower reports that six 
were recently baptized and received into church member- 

Worthwhile Books 

Ashland College Reference Librai-ian 

Each of the books mentioned in this column may b© pur- 
chased through the office of the Brethren Publishing 
Company at Ashland. 

Marshall, Peter. "Mr. Jones, Meet the Master." Flem- 
ing H. Revell. 1949. $2.50. 

Some of the sermons and prayers that were written 
and delivered by the late chaplain of the United States 
Senate. Rev. Marshall was also a minister in the Pres- 
byterian Church. 

Hershey, John. "The Wall." Knoph. 1950. $4.00. 

A long novel telling of the trials and tribulations en- 
dured by a few of the many, many Jews who were held 
captive by the Germans in the Warsaw ghetto. The 
title refers to the enclosure which the Germans built to 
confine their prisoners in the ghetto. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topici copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for March 4, 1951 


Scripture: Matt. 6:24-34; CoL 2:6, 7; 3:23, 24 

For Tlie Leader 

WE HEAR A LOT today about "the boss." Whenever 
we go to work, we are conscious of the one for 
whom we are working. While we are under his employ, he 
masters us. That is, we are servants of him in his place 
of business. We owe our hours, our talents, our efforts 
and labors to him. He is buying the hours of our life to 
produce work for him. This would be called a form of 
slavery but for the fact that unless we sold our hours of 
labor to him, we would have no money to buy food, cloth- 
ing, etc.! This opens up a field in which we must be 
made conscious as to who masters us during all the 
other hours of the day and night. The Christian, espe- 
cially, must be constantly aware of this, for on this hangs 
our success or failure in the Christian life. 


1. NOT TWO MASTERS. We have said it before, and 
say it again, that as a Christian, two persons are seek- 
ing for control of your life. There are many staid self- 
satisfied church members today who believe the devil 
can't touch them, when, in reality, he already has them. 
This can be proven in the way they always throw cold 
watei- on progress, or refuse to be delighted when prog- 
ress is made in a Church. There are others who believe 
that because they were dipped in a baptistry that they ai'e 
free from sin and danger. Probably figured that the bap- 
tistry was a "sin immunization dip." Young people, 
don't let anybody fool you that you are free from danger. 
Many people who used to worship in our churches no 
longer do. Why ? They thought that being a member of 
the church was enough, and the old devil got hold of them 
and showed them that just belonging to a church was 
enough.. But "Just belonging," they didn't serve Christ, 
and so were serving the devil. 

this thought, Christ stands at the door of our heart and 
knocks. Why does He knock ? Because if He gets in He 
wants to be in as a willing Guest. When He knocks, though, 
the present tenant of our heart kicks up a fuss and tries 
to keep us from hearing the knock. He tries to keep our 
interests centered on the things he provides. Thus often 
times when we would hear the gospel story of Christ 
and be touched by it, the old Devil throws up a big at- 
traction and noise to keep us from hearing Christ. Thus 
we listen to the Devil and continue in sin. But if per- 
chance we do hear the gentle knocking of Christ and 
open the door to Him, and drive out the Devil, we are 
ever pestered by him. No more the gentle knockings of 
the Saviour. When the Saviour comes in to live in our 

heart, then there is peace. But the old Devil puts verj 
kind of temptation, amusement, allurement, etc., in ouii] 
way to call us back into the old way of sin. Then it isJ 
up to us to decide who is to have control of our lives. ! 

3. NEVER SATISFIED. The devil will never be satis- 1 
fied until he has the soul of every Christian dashed t(( 
the center of Hell. A lot of people will not agree with this' 
statement, for two reasons. First, because they believfi 
that once you are saved you are eternally saved, and thaV 
nothing you can do can endanger your security. Secondly 
other's will disagree with it because they believe that theii 
church membership guarantees them a miraculous en- 
trance into heaven when they die. (This same group oJ; 
people will expect to see their possessions right there 
with them, as they consider heaven to be a selfish, self-j 
centered sort of a place where all that they held tighti 
to themselves here will be right there with them.) St 
these two groups of people feel they are immune to th(' 
Devil. Without even reading Biblical truth in the mat- 
ter, we could point to many who believed one way or the' 
other of the two reasons above, and who learned to theii 
sorrow that the Devil had them. Members of your owr 
church who are so-called "dead-wood." Why aren't thej 
active in the church ? Because the truth is that the ok 
Devil is mastering their lives. 

4. HE'S DETERMINED, TOO. God is no respecter o: 
persons. Neither is the Devil, except that he likes to piel 
out the most cock-sure Christians and dash them bacli 
into the road of sin. Let no one think that they stam 
in any special position with God, and that they are "safer'' 
than others. Patriarchs, priests, prophets, kings, etc., wer( 
favored of God, but lost that favor when they delved ii 
sin. Let none think that just because they are "themselves' 
that God would cast them aside. Salvation is not based or 
talents, earthly standings, good works, etc. Salvation ii 
based on making Christ the Sa-viour, King, and Maste: 
of our heaj'ts. If the Devil, through sin's allurements, 
habits, and evil companions, can dethrone Christ and re, 
enter our hearts, then he has done one more act in hii! 
purpose of wrecking God's universe. He caused the revo 
lution in heaven; he caused Adam to sin; he tried ti. 
keep Christ from the cross, and ever since he has beer 
trying (and too often succeeding) to get people to cursn 
God and refuse to serve God. I 

5. KEEPING SECURE. There is a very positive senscj 
in w'hich we are kept secure in Christ, and can be freea 
from the power of Satan. Salvation in Christ would meal 
little if it didn't have a security angle. If the true Chris] 
tian was forever in precarious danger of being cast fortl 
from the love and care of Chi-ist, it would be almost hope 
less for any of us. Christ has promised to keep us; Hj 
has mentioned His sheep-fold, and He has said that m 
man shall pluck us out of His hand. And the Christii 
that walks in His way, that seeks His daily fellowshij 
in prayer and Bible study, and that keeps his eye o) 
Christ and away from the world, will always be kept bj 
His love. The danger comes when we focus our eyes o» 
the things of sin, and stray away from his fellowshin 
Note that we will to be kept by Him or we will to straj 
away. Salvation is there for the asking if we desire t! 
meet the conditions. But if we decide not to meet the cor 
ditions, then salvation is not in our life. We are secur 
"In Christ," but we can take ourselves out of His hand 
Christ Himself said we cannot serve two masters. 

'EBRUARY 17, 1951 


raijer Tfleeting 


made a lash of my remembered sins, 
I wove it firm and strong, with cruel tip; 
Lnd though my quivering flesh shrank from the scourge, 
With steady ami I plied the ruthless whip. 

^or surely I, who had betrayed my Lord, 

Must needs endure this sting of memory. 
5ut though my stripes grew sore, there came no peace. 

And so I looked again to Calvary. 

lis tender eyes beneath the crown of thonis 
Met mine; His sweet voice said, "My child, although 

"■hose oft-remembered sins of thine have been 
Like crimson, scarlet, they are now like snow. 

ily blood, shed here, has washed them all away, 
And there remaineth not the least dark spot, 

■Jor any memory of them, and so 
Should you remember sins which God forgot?" 

stood there trembling, bathed in light, though scarce 
My tired heart dared to hope. His voice went on, 
■Look at thy feet. My child." I looked, and lo. 
The whip of my remembered sins was gone! 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 


.esson: Psalms 32, 51, 130, 143 

^UR SINS OF COMMISSION, omission and disposi- 
tion are not to be condoned bv us (Prov. 28:131. 
Vhen we tolerate sins we cease to speak to God about 
•urselves. Like Da\'id, we keep silence with some degree 
f ease at first. But sin ^^^ll not be icmored because the 
land of God is atrains^t us (Psalm 32:3. 4'). In David's 
ase he was brought to honest conviction by the parable 
■t Nathan the nronhet (2 Sam. 12:1-71. David made a 
rue confession (2 Samuel 12:13a; Psalm .'51:2-4; Psalm 

j A sound self-examination leads to Heaven's confession- 
[1. David acknowledged his "transgressions," "iniquity." 
guile." as -nnlful sin. He realized his perverseness. He 
i-eeplv felt the need of forgiveness (Psalm 51:17). He 
ailed sin by its right name. He knew that there is for- 
•iveness with God (Psalm 51:7-12). He did not trust to 
enances for he knew that the fruit of his body could 
ever atone for the guilt of his soul. 

God forgives on the ground of Christ's perfect right- 
ousness and meritorious atonement (1 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 
:21). Man cannot cover sin even though the priest claims 
1 3 absolve it and Mrs. Eddy denied it (Jer. 2:22). Only 
lod can cover sin. When He forgives He casts it into the 
>EPTHS of the sea (Micah 7:19). He casts our sins be- 
ind His back (Psalm 90:8). The thick cloud with which 

God blots out our sins will never return (Isa. 44:22). God, 
Who takes every sin seriously, can really take away sin 
(Psalm 103:12). 

No wonder there is joy in forgiveness (Psalm 32:1). 
The only way to handle sin is the God-appointed way. 
Human remedies will not cure. We cannot get help from 
sinners through their theories. God can forgive through 
Calvary (Rom. 3:26). 

Warning: Let none presume upon the holy forgiveness 
of God (Matt. 18:23-35). 

Comments on the Lesson hy the Editor 

Lesson for March 4, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 10:35-45 

WHILE THE ADULT TOPIC for the lesson is as 
given above, we would much prefer the general 
topic which was chosen by the Lesson Committee, "The 
JeiTjsalem Road." The ten printed verses lift a rather 
unpleasant incident out of the life of Jesus and His chosen 
disciples. But it is a very good commentary on the man- 
ner in which the disciples understood their call to Jesus' 
work, and yet how far they were from grasping the full 
significance of what Jesus is endeavoring to teach them. 
There is no need that we become shocked at what these 
disciplics, James and John, came asking from Jesus. Just 
I'ecall that they had been singled out, along with Peter, 
to be very close to Jesus. They were among His first dis- 
ciples; He had taken them with Him when He went on 
specific missions, like into the room where lay the dead 
daughter of .Jairus, as Jesus went in to her to raise her 
from the dead. They had also been favored by Him by 
being chosen together with Peter to accompany Him up 
on the Mount of Transfiguration. They felt that since 
they had been in such close relationship with Him, that 
surely they must have the right to certain privileges and 
high positions when He established His kingdom. Had He 
not been telling them about the Kingdom which He was 
about to establish? Did they not know that all prophecy 
concerning the Messiah pointed to the fact that He was 
to be the Ruler of the Jewish Nation ? And had He not 
declared Himself to be the Messiah? 

Don't be too hard on these two men. Just remember 
that they were human and therefore had all the human 
limitations. Tlien, too, when we examine the account as 
it was given by Matthew, we find that it may have been 
the mother of these two who did the asking for these 
exalted positions for her two sons. At least it seems that 
she was the "urge" that sent them on to seek the places 

In the answer that Jesus gives to these men we find 
the reason for our topic. Jesus has already "set his face 
as flint toward Jerusalem," knowing the end thereof, that 



when the time arrived. He was to become the Sacrifice 
for the sin of the world. Therefore He gives us insight 
into His thinking by telling the disciples in a covered 
manner, that He is on His way to the "drinking of the bit- 
ter cup" — the crucifixion and the shedding of His blood. 

It was a hard, i-ugged way that Jesus had to travel as 
He headed toward Jerusalem. But along that way He was, 
by His little acts of mercy and compassion, leaving a trail 
of happy hearts, healed bodies, and recovered souls. He 
was making true His words, as quoted in our Golden 
Text, "I came not to he ministered unto, but to minister." 
Truly, it was a real "Wayside Ministry" that He was 
exhibiting right before them. 

But there is a dai-k side to the picture we see painted 
in our printed text. It is marked by the .iealousy of the 
other ten disciples. Mark says that "when the ten heard 
it, they began to be much displeased with James and 
John." Moffatt says that the ten men "burst into anger 
at James and John," and Matthew Henry, in commenting 
on this verse, says, "They began to have indignation 
against James and John," and that "They were angry 
at them for affecting precedency, not because it so ill 
became the disciples of Christ, but because each of them 
hoped to have it himself ... So these discovered their 
own ambition in the displeasure at the ambition of James 
and John; and Christ took this occasion to warn them and 
all their successors in the ministry of the Gospel." 

Wouldn't it be well if we took stock of ourselves to 
see if we are seeking the high place without stopping to 
find out what the qualifications are for those who would 
so seek? We need to remember that Jesus told a parable 
in which He left the meaning very clear that we were 
not to seek the place, but rather let the place seek us. 
It is better to take the "low seat" and to be told to "come 
up higher" than to be found in a "high seat" and be com- 
pelled to give way to another who has been called to the 
feast ahead of us. 

After all, are we not rather to think of the ministry 
which Jesus was practicing as He went along the way to- 
ward the fulfillment of the task He was sent to earth to 
perform ? We can be the means of helping many over the 
rough places of life, as we go along our journey of life. 
He asks it; He expects us to do it! 




The Cai-Leton Brethren continue in their work for the 
Lord with about their usual zeal, seemingly content, as 
yet, with somewhat fewer activities than most of our 
churches. Carleton is a small village and most of our 
members are rural folk. Farming is done on a large scale 
and requires much attention and consideration. Conse- 

quently, at certain seasons, the zeal of the Lord's house' 
is permitted to lag and it is hard to revive. 

However, some very commendable efforts have been put' 
forth. During October and November, the ladies of the 
W. M. S. got busy and gave the basement of the church 
a thorough cleaning, repainted the walls, woodwork and 
the seats, rearranged the furniture, placed new curtains, 
at the windows and replaced the old heating stove with ^ 
new oil burning heater., For the painting they enlisted i 
the help of some of the men. It was a very praiseworthy, 
effort, for which all are very thankful. 

From November 5 to 12 we had one week of prepara- 
tory pre-communion evening services, conducted by the 
pastor. Rev. Lewis Naylor, pastor of the Church of the: 
Brethren, preached one evening. The effort was concluded 
with a very impressive Communion service. 

Our Laymen's Organization, which had its beginning 
more than a year ago, following a visit by H. D. Hunter.j 
National President of the organization, is beginning tc; 
function very well. It has assumed the responsibility of 
providing a bathroom in the parsonage. The men have 
offered to do the work. The money required for the pur-j 
chase of fixtures and materials was provided by solicita- 
tion of the membership. A few of the ladies repaperedi 
the small room selected for the bathroom and laid a new, 
linoleum on the floor. The work is now on the way. j 

To stimulate interest and good fellowship, the laymer 
I'ecently provided an oyster supper, to which they invitee 
their families. It was well attended and was a very happjj 
occasion. | 

We have had good roads and pleasant winter weather) 
most of the fall and winter so far and our attendance) 
has continued about normal for us. Trusting in the Lorcl 
and hoping for advancement, we press onward. Remembeil 
us in your prayers. 

H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor. 


Warsaw Brethren are working! Many months have 
passed since last a report of the Warsaw Brethren Churcl, 
at work has been included in the Brethren Evangelist'; 
report of the churches. These months have been busy anc 
full of work and in a brief review of them we find mucl 
has been .accomplished for our Lord and the Church tha 
has been good. j 

Our attendance was first built up with the help of abi 
sentee cards being sent by each Sunday School class everjt 
Sunday, and then through Lent a card with a pictunl 
and sermon title was sent to all members each week, witi 
the result that we had over 230 for Easter Sunday, 1950 
At the same time the W. M. S., under the leadership o 
Mrs. Joyce Saylor, began their monthly paper, "Mist 
sionette," which has grown in size and now is mailed ou 
to 175 families every month, including state and national 
W. M. S. officers. 

Warsaw Brethren have faithfully attended all Distric 
meetings of the W. M. S., Layinen and Brethren Youtl- 
and just recently helped in the All Indiana Brethre: 
Youth Rally which was held hei-e at Winona, when 45 
Brethren Youth and their leaders had a very successfv. 
day. The Laymen served the Mother-Daughter Banqueij 


FEBRUARY 17, 1951 

rery well, under the leadership of Mr. Ralph Klingel and 
Mr. Jay Becknell. Then the Trustees, with Mr. Frank 
Long as chairman, approved a quarterly Tithing Program 
for the improvement of the Church property. New inter- 
ior and exterior doors were installed; new divisions made 
For the basement Sunday School classes, and the outside 
walls of the church were repointed and waterproofed and 
new spouting installed. The church, therefore, is in very 
jood condition. 

After this was completed, the front porch of the par- 
sonage was torn off and new siding put on by the Lay- 
men, and the house painted, plus insulation of the attic, 
30 the parsonage, too, is in very good condition, with new 
paper on the inside. All that remains yet on the outside 
is some new shrubery to be planted this spring. 

The pastor has had the privilege of speaking over Radio 
Station WKAM for two series of messages and ^vill soon 
be so privileged again. We held special Holy Week ser- 
vices for the Dutchtown Brethren Church and helped in 
the City Daily Vacation Bible School. Then we went to 
Brash Valley, Penna., for a two week nxeeting and again 
thank the Lord for the thirty^hree that surrendered to 
the Lord during these meetings. After that came District 
Conference with many from Warsaw attending the meet- 
ing at Shipshewana. We returned to Shipshewana with 
:ampers and enjoyed the experience of this great work 
ivith the youth. About this time, too, we attended one term 
if school at the Winona Lake Bible School of Tlieology 
ind found this school a valuable help. 

The summer months were filled with surprises every 
Sunday, with many visitors coming to our worship sei'- 
^•ices, and even through the winter months more visitore 
:ome and we appreciate having them in our services. Our 
lew Bulletin Board which was a gift from Mr. and Mrs. 
3rant Croy, is a fine contribution to our church and is a 
:onstant witness ot our sei-vices and an invitation to wor- 
ship with us. 

Rev. John Byler of Louisville, Ohio, came to hold our 
revival and lead our Booster Club and, as a result of 
-hese meetings we have added twenty to our church roll. 
We helped Rev. J. E. Berkshire with revival sei-vices and 
Booster Club at North Liberty and again praise the Lord 
\'ov the twenty-six that came forward during these meet- 
' ngs. Here is a church that has a spirit of growth and 
jhould accomplish much in the name of the Lord. 
' This past Christmas season our W. M. S. sold three 
|;hipments of Christmas candy and has been very active, 
jvith the new president, Mrs. Ruby Yarian, leading; 
I During the year we have been called upon for twelve 
'"unerals and eleven weddings. 

, Much has been done, but yet there remains much more 
:;o be done. With the help of the faithful members of this 

;hurch we know that more will be done and through do- 

ng it we will all be strengthened in the Lord and that a 
, spiritual blessing awaits all those who labor for the Lord 
In His Kingdom on earth. We invite other Brethren who 
i ravel through Warsaw, especially those who travel on 
I J. S. Route 30, which runs past the church, to stop and 
Jvorship with us or visit any time. The church is open 

learly every morning, with someone in the church study, 

IS well as many afternoons and evenings. 

We earnestly ask your prayers for the work here in 
his community, as we also pray for you. We have a good 


group for our mid-week prayer seiwice every week, and 
this is followed by choir rehearsal under the direction of 
our Minister of Music, Mr. Harry Robbins. Until we re- 
port again next year, we wish you success and God's 

E. J. iBeekley, pastor 

Mrs. Jennie Bennett, Cor. Sec. 

Let us have love heated to the point of sacrifice. 

The Bible is the pillow on which all ages rest their 

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Bryan, Ohio, .Brethren Church 200.00 

iMrs. A. T. Wirick, St. Petersburg, Florida 15.00 

lE. M. Aboud, Los Angeles, California 1.00 

V. B. Bentz, McDonogh, Maryland 5.00 

Hagerstown, Maryland, Brethren Church (add.). 12.91 

Miss Nina Bishop, Kissimmee, Florida 5.00 

Mrs. Nettie M. Wolf, North Manchester Church 40.00 

Estella Blackstone, Logan, Ohio 2.00 

Center Chapel, Indiana, Brethren Church 24.55 

Brighton, Indiana, Brethren Church 13.25 

White Dale, W. Virginia, Brethren Church 16.39 

Enzer Whitehair, Terra Alta, W. Va 5.00 

Earl Whitehair, Terra Alta, W. Va 5.00 

Mrs. Edith Bucklew, Terra Alta, W. Va 5.00 

Frank Guthrie, Terra Alta, W. Va 1.00 

Minnie Sloan, Mulberry, Indiana 2.00 

Daniel Lightner, Elyria, 0. (Asland Church) ., 1.00 

Ashland, Ohio, Park Street Brethren 150.25 

Mrs. E. L. Kilhefner, Ashland, Ohio 20.00 

S. A. Shannon, Hiawatha, Kansas 2.00 

Gatewood, W. Va., Brethren Church 12.22 

Rev. J. D. Hamel, Lanark, Illinois 5.00 

North Georgetown, Ohio, Brethren Church .... 55.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Flora, Lagro, Indiana . . . 1.00 

Johnstown, Penna., First Church 10.00 

Fairhaven, Ohio, Brethren Church 30.52 

Gretna, Ohio, Brethren Church 34.25 

Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church : . 120.81 

Dr. W. S. Bell, Milledgeville, 111 25.00 

Firestone Park Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio . . 33.85 

Center Chapel, Ind. Brethren Church (additional) 5.00 

Dorothy Carpenter, Ardmore, Indiana, Chui'ch . . 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. K. H. Benshoff, Grove City, Pa. . . 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Harkcom, Somerset, Penna. . . 5.00 

Thomas Shannon, Ashland, Ohio 20.00 

C. P. iBaer 20.50 

$ 944.50 

Previously reported 720.39 

Total 2/7/-51 $1,664.89 . 

Jean Shartle, Office Secretary. 



MURRAY. Mrs. Lydia V. Murray of West Salem, Ohio, 
passed to the Life Beyond, December 31, after more than 
90 years in the earth-life. She was bom in Reedsburg, 
Ohio, December 27, 1860, and was the youngest of ten 
children of Jonathan and Hannah Jameson Kelly. 

On September 2(5, 18S0, she was married to Isaac M. 
Murray, who preceded her in death in February 1930. Two 
daughters and a son also preceded her in death. 

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Harley of 
West Salem, widow of the late Rev. H. M. Harley; two 
granddaughters, Mrs. Rush Rosenberi-y of the Ashland 
College faculty; and Mrs. Frank Johnson of Lodi; two 
great-granddaughters and a number of nieces and neph- 

Mrs. Murray was a niembei- of the Park Street Church 
in Ashland and funeral sei'\'ices were conducted by the 

RICHARDS. Mrs. Ida May Richards passed to the Life 
Beyond December 29 after more than 86 years in the 

■Born March l(j, 18(54, in Ashland County, she was the 
daughter of Jeremiah and Jemima Wagner Blocher. A life- 
long resident of the county, Mrs. Richards was employed 
as a stenographer at Dr. Hess and Clark, Inc. for 27 

On April 14, 1900, she was united in marriage with 
Robert R. Richards, who preceded her in death in 1924. 

Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. W. A. Garber of Ash- 
land; two grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. 
Mrs. Garber (Rosamond) is a graduate of Ashland Col- 
lege and will be remembered by former students. 

Mrs. Richards was a member of the Park Street Breth- 
ren church and funeral services were conducted by the 

H. H. Rowsey. 

Southern Indiana Laymen 

The Regular meeting of the Southern Indiana 
Laymen has been postponed from Monday evening, 
February 19th to Monday evening, March 5th. At 
this time the Ambassador Quartet from Ashland 
College will have charge of the program. The meet- 
ing will be held at the Mexico Brethren Church and 
supper will be sei-ved from 6:00 to 7:30 o'clock." 

Guy V. Purdy, 

Secretary Southern Indiana Laymen. 


A Thought for This V^ee\ 

B. F. Burkhart 


Circumstances caused me to be Late for Church one 
day, but early for Sunday School, and I arrived just as 
the pastor was praying following a sermon. I was out- 
side, but I could see into the Church and was amazed 
at the attitude of about a iifth of the congregation. 

During the prayer, many in the back of the Church 
were whispering together; some were silently laughing 
about a shared joke; others were boldly looking about. 
My own face burned in shanre for them, and for myself : 
in looking at them, and I wondered if the pastor were ' 
aware of their almost blasphemous actions. 

Had I been a passing stranger, seeking a place to stop 
for worship, being on the way to some vacation spot, 
what would be the reaction, I wonder? Would it seem 
more like a pagan service than a Christian one? 

Do you show reverence in the house of the Lord ? 


If your church is in a reasonable driving distance of 
Ashland College, you may obtain the services of a "Girls' 
Gospel Team " for week-end services. If interested, please 
write the midersigned. 

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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Along with the Washington bulletin 
of February 4th, Brother Fairbanks had enclosed a very 
unique "summons" to the services of February 11th. It 
was in the form of a regular "court summons" and was 
served by the Loyalty Committee of the Washington 
Brethren Church. Within was the information that the 
summons was to each member for the next seven Sun- 
days. It was eye-catching and should bring the results 

' Brother Fairbanks says that although they did not en- 
tirely reach their goal on their Building Fund Sunday, 
p.ey were only $92.00 short of the desired $1,250.00. Re- 
marking on this he said, "This is one of the best offer- 
ings that we have had for one day." We are sure that 
they finally went over the top. 

We note that the Washington church has announced 
that Dr. L. E. Lindower has been secured for a post- 
:$;aster week of sei-vices, beginning on iEaster Sunday and 
closing the following Sunday. 

^ The Youth Committee held a Valentine Party for the 
Children of the church on Friday evening, February 16th. 

I St. James, Maryland. Plans are being made for a Boys' 
Brotherhood Public service at the St. James Church on 
^unday night, April 1st, with Brother Ralph Mills, pas- 
ioT of the Uniontown, Penna., Brethren Church, as their 
^uest speaker. 

Brother Ankrum reports that twenty-two members of 
the St. James Church attended a meeting at the Sharps- 
burg Church of God on Sunday evening, February 4th, 
and that they received a warm welcome. 


Brother Isaac Litton, Southeastern District Laymen, 
President, and member of the St. James Church, announces 
the next district meeting of the Laymen will be held at 
Hagerstown, Maryland on Friday evening, April 27th. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Alvin Grumbling says that 
there was a joint meeting of the Brotherhood and Sister- 
hood on Friday evening, February 16th, in the church 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Elmer 
Keck, pastor, says that the church increased its offering 
for Publication Day by 300% over 1950. Another small 
church challenges our larger ones. 

A new Church Name Plate was placed on the church 
on Wednesday, February 7th, by the Laymen's President 
and Secretary, Loren Keslar and Verlin Stahl. 

The Valley Church was forced to have a "Candle 
Light" service on Sunday evening, February 4th, because 
of a failure of the electric current. They enjoyed it Eo 
much that they decided to have such a service the first 
Sunday of each month, electric current on or off. 

Masontown, Penna. .Brother William Keeling, who has 
been holding his own evangelistic meeting, says that the 
special music has been wonderful, with solos, duets and 
specials by the choir brightening every service. He says 
that the recently formed "Sunshine Choir" has been doing 
a grand job. 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Percy Miller, pastor of the Ber- 
lin Church, was the speaker at the Union Lenten Service 
which was held on Sunday evening, February 11th at the 
Reformed Church. The Union Service for February 18th 
was held in our church. 

Brother Miller announces another Teacher Training 
Class to be started immediately after Easter. The course 
offered will be "New Training for Service." 

Cameron-Quiet Dell, W. Va. Circuit. Brother A. R. Baer 
announces a union Communion serNice of the Cameron 

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ruler" and, in the multiplicity of "things" in which we 
have been found material values, have proved our lack 
of the all-important ONE THING, especially as it is ap- 
plied to the "Follow Me," of Jesus. It seems that we, too, 
have turned away "sorrowfully" because we have been 
content with our "great possesisons." 

Is it too late to recover from our losses? Can we not 
turn once again to the challenge which was set forth in 
the "Beginning of the Century" editorial and with a 
deep longing for the souls of men, launch forth anew in 
the "one thing" which will set us again on the high road 
of advance for Christ — the Evangelistic urge, coupled 
with a sincere desire to become living witnesses to the 
saving power of the One who, when He left this world to 
go to the Father once more, said, "Go ye . . . Make dis- 
ciples . . . Teach them . . . Baptize them" — all this to be 
done in His name and for His sake! 

Think it over! 

FEBRUARY 24, 1951 


find It Ylow Is Half ^one 

A LWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT for something which 
[\ will be interesting, instructive and thought-provok- 
ng, I took dovjn the iile of the Brethren Evangelist of 
ifty years ago (1901) and on the veiy first page, in the 
ssue of January 3rd, I was stopped by the editorial cap- 
ion, "The Twentieth Century," which was written by 
?Jditor A. v. Gnagey. I want to pass that editorial on 
;o you, and then to think a bit with you about it. Here 
t is: 

'In the hand of Almighty God is a book, and in that^ 
)ook is a chapter the title of which reads, when trans^ / 
ated, "Tlie Twentieth Century." We do not know what 
entui-y It is in the" calenTIar of eternity, where 'a day is 

I's a thousand years.' That which to us seems so long a 
eriod, outspanning the longest earthly pilgrimage, is 
ut a little more than an hour of God's days. Whole gen- 
rations come and go in that littLe hour of eternities. 
>Jations rise and fall. Kingdoms, republics, empires flash 
heir fleeting splendors against the sky, and die out in 
larkness. We run our little course, we live our lives of 
everish interest, of swelling importance, of much strife 
md much sorrow, of prosperity and adversity, all within 
he compass of less than an hour of this circle of time 
vhich God calls a day . . . 

"But there is dignity in this little creature of a day, 
loiled a® he may be with the stains of his mother earth, 
I dignity which he derives from that 'image and likeness 
)f God' in which he was created. Out of the prerogatives 
)f that 'likeness' is a partial knowledge of the future, 
>o much as has been revealed, and so much as analogy 
nay illuminate of that which is not i-evealed. Arguing 
Tom the wonderful discoveries and inventions of the past 
;entury, we confidently expect new and still more won- 
ierful triumphs in the century before us. Science enters 
ipon the new century inspired by the tremendous enthu- 
siasm which comes of a great initial success. But we have 
)nly scratched the surface of Nature's inexhaustible treas- 
ires. We have just only begun to harvest her forces. 
JThe poet who exhorted us to hitch our chariot to a star 
,)Ught to have foreseen by virtue of his prophetic office, 
r.hat the steed of the world's progress was not to an in- 
[iccessible star, but to the accessible, the fleet, the un- 
tvearied, the invincible, the obedient lightnings. 'He mak- 
;th his ministers a flaming fire,' said the Psalmist of 
Tehovah. And he that was made in the divine 'likeness' 
iilso in these days maketh a flaming fire his minister. 

"Among a multitude of reflections which this train of . 
;hought suggests, we present this: W ill the new centur v//, 
ind a like _z eal for the advance ment of the kingdom of 
leaven in the midst oT these new and enthusiastic gen- 
erations of wonder builders, impatiently advancing upon 
Jie stage? Woe be to the new century, and woe be to 

the world, if the splendid materialism upon which we are 
entering shall not be tempered and illuminated by a still 
more s plendid evang elism. How_ 6hall_it b,e accomplisheAI- 

"We go to the root of all moral and social problems, 
and that root is evangelism, and we ask, How is it to be 
accomplished? How are we to give that predominance to 
the forces of righteousness which will enable them to 
sweep the field? Who can answer this question? We may 
answer as much as we know, and we can not say a bet- 
ter word than this, that at the beginning of a new cen- 
tury, all whose minds have, even in a slight measure, 
received the elevation of the Christ kingdom, should be- 
gin by praying Christ to come to His own? How much, 
let us ask, is there in me that is His own? How much 
of me can He use in this battle of His with the serried 
ranks of evil ? Let the question pass from the individual 
to the congregation, its officers, its pastor. 

"Tliis is the chief question. Others follow: of consecra- 
tion, of enlightenment and thorough training, of thorough 
organization, so that the whole force of the church can be 
delivered as one man, of both doctrine, discipline, organ- 
ization, plan of work, cooperation, everything, in fact, 
pertaining to the church, emancipated from useless tra- 
ditions, and ordered with sole reference to the greatest 
efficiency in the salvation of the greatest possible num- 
ber of immortal souls." 

Thus speaks Dr. Gnagey as the twentieth century 
dawned. Now the first half of that century has been writ- 
ten into that book of which he spoke in his opening lines. 
How much farther has the church advanced in its search 
for the realities of life than it had attained that Janu- 
ary day fifty years ago? 

The inventive genius which was exhibited in the latter 
part of the nineteenth century has gone on to greater and 
greater heights, but instead of working for the good of 
mankind, it seems that the greatest emphasis has been 
placed on weapons of war aimed to destroy instead of 
build up. True these inventions can be placed to the credit 
side of humanity if they are used in such a manner. But 
history is being vtritten which ■will tell the story of mis- 
directed use of such great inventions as the radio, the 
motion picture, the vast advance in the knowledge of elec- 
tricity and automotive machines. Two great wars have 
been fought in the first half of the century, now at the 
beginning of the second half another seems to he in the 
making. As we look over the pages of the past fifty years 
we are forced to ask the all-important question — WHY? 

To me the answer seems rather simple. The spiritual 

side of life has not kept pace with the material. We have 

been so interested in "things" that we have not realized 

that we have fallen in the same mold as 'the rich young 

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With a ?wx\iOS^ 

Rev. Spencer Gentle 

certain lawyer went to Jesus with a specific question 
in order to tempt the Lord. He asked Jesus this question, 
"Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Now, 
Jesus knew the intent of the question, so He said to him, 
"What is written in the law? how readest thou?" When 
the Lord asked the lawyer, "How readest thou?" the re- 
sponsibility of Scripture knowledge was immediately 
thrown upon the one who asked the question hoping to 
entrap the Lord. The rest of this incident is known by 
all, the lawyer answered Jesus' question with these words, 
"Thou Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with 
all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Then, in an- 
swer to the inquiry which was made by the lawyer, "and 
who is my neighbour?" Jesus spoke that great parable 
concerning the good Samaritan. 

Christ in His question "... how readest thou?" ad- 
mits that there are several ways in which an individual 
can read the Word of God. What Jesus had in mind, we 
do not know exactly, but we do recognize the fact that 
He realized that the Scribes, the priests of the temple, 
and the Pharisees were reading and interpreting the law 
according to their own needs and beliefs. There are just 
such people in the world today! The Bible readers of to- 
day can be divided into three groups. They are: 1. Tliose 
who read to ridicule and find favilt; 2. Those who read 
just to be able to say, "I have read the Bible for today"; 
3. Those who read with a purpose — to gain something 
helpful from the Word of God. 

No doubt you have met people who have read the Bible 
trying to find certain discrepancies. They are the ones 
who say that the Word of God is not a unit. They are the 
ones who try to tell us that the accounts in the Old Tes- 
tament and the miracles in the New Testatment are only 
fairy tales thought up by wistful individuals who like to 
use their imaginations. These people like to inform us 
that the four gospels do not agree, and that the four men 
who wrote them should have gotten together before writ- 
ing. These Bible readers can be divided into two groups, 
the ones who have really read and studded the Word of 

Brother Spencer Gentle has just 
concluded his first year of service 
with the Waterloo, loioa. Brethren 
Church, lohich is his first resident 
pastorate. While in Ashland College 
and Seminary he served as student 
pastor of the North Georgetown, 
Ohio, Brethren Church for several 
years. Brother Gentle hails from 
Fort Scott, Kansas. He is Tnarried 
and has tioo children. 

God, and those who just read a few verses here and a 
few verses there, and so they base their whole argument 
on these verses out of the context of the whole unit. 
It's hard to cope with the person who had really studied 
the iBible and yet denies the unity of it, because his mind 
is closed to any new ideas which we might offer to him; 
the other individual might be convinced that he is wrong. 
As these people read the holy Word, they laugh to scorn 
the doctrine of the Virgin Birth, the incarnation, the death 
of Jesus on the cross for our sins, and the resurrec- 
tion. They deny the miracles of our Lord, His teachings 
and His commandments. We must always be on the look- 
out for such people. Very few readers of this article can 
be placed in this first group, but most of us will fall 
in one of the next two groups. 

Do you read the Bible just so you will be able to say, 
"I have read the Bible for today, that is all that is re- 
quired of me?" Many people do. The pastor on Sunday 
morning, stands in the pulpit urging his people to read 
their Bibles every day, which is very good, but you must 
read it with a purpose! What good does it do you to read 
the Bible through, if you don't know what it says ? You 
don't know what it says because at the time of reading ' 
you were wondering what you were going to have 3*or 
dinner, or you were wondering how much income tax ' 
you are going to have to pay, or your mind is many miles 
away. What good does it do you to read the 17th chapter 
of John if you don't know that it is the prayer of inter- 
cession which was prayed by our Lord? It takes more 
than just reading to find the ti-uths and the promises of 
the New Testament which is meant for every child of 
God. It takes study! 

Why not read the Word of God with a purpose — that of ^ 
gaining something from it that will aid you in your daily 
living and in your experience with your Master. Here are 
some pointers in good Bible study. 

1. Know the writer of the book you are reading. 

2. Learn under what conditions he is writing. 

3. To whom is he writing, and why. What is the pur- 
pose of the writing. 

FEBP.UARY 24, 1951 


4. Read the views of other men on the subject. Find 
^ood commentaries and read them in conjunction with 
your Bible reading, and you will iind that the Scriptures 
will mean more to you. 

5. Read with an open mind, and after prayer with God! 
Let Him reveal to you the truths of His woixl. 

If it is impossible to study the background of each 
writing, read and study each verse diligently and, "with 
1 purpose." Prayer in Bible reading is very important. 
Ajfter such prayer your mind and your heart will be 
Dpened for a great promise which is meant for you, and 
the Loi'd will place it there. When people are in the 

greatest trouble and need help, many go to the Scripture 
to find this help. It's there for you, too, if you will only 
seek it. 

If every professed Christian of today would read his 
Bible with a purpose, the world could be changed, for he 
would find the key to successful living with himself and 
with his fellow man; he would find the Great Commis- 
sion which tells ub to go to all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost; and he would find a new hope. 

"... how readest thou?" 

— Waterloo, Iowa. 



C)liahy rOUndatlOnS ' Rev. Chm-Us Sindair Applegath' 

Text: "Other foundation can no man. la/y than that is 
'M,id, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians S:ll. 



[T IS THE STORMS OF LIFE which test our founda- 

When the city of Yokohama in Japan was upheaved by 
1 great earthquake some years ago, the houses and shops 
ill over the city were toppled over to the ground and fires 
broke out everywhere, destroying thousands of lives. But 
it was discovered that one tall building remained intact, 
not a brick dislodged. It was Yokohama's great hotel, 
designed by an American architect, to take into account 
the likelihood of an earthquake some day. This architect 
paid more attention to the foundation than anyone had 
before him — and his building withstood the storm. He 
was different from the Japanese architects who had said, 
'We've always had earthquakes and always will and 
there's nothing you can do about it." 

In our day we meet plenty of people who say, "We've 
always had wars and always will, and there's nothing 
you can do about it." People talk that way because they 
are unwilling to look at foundations. They prefer to take 
a chance and so gamble with other people's lives. They 
are like a man trapped on the seventeenth floor of a 
burning building. He has no choice, except to decide 
whether he will jump from the north window or the 
south window. His choice is limited because the builders 
did not plan their building fire-proof. 

Ever since man became conscious of the world in which 
|he lives, he has been trying to build a world civilization, 
but his world empires have all collapsed. Before Colum- 
bus discovered America, world dreamers like Alexander 
the Great and Caeser Augustus spread their great em- 
pires through the known world. Alexander spread Greek 
civilization throughout all that part of the world we now 
call the Near East. One of his claims to greatness was 
that, truly Greek as he was, he was able to disregard the 
distinction between Greeks and barbarians and to attempt 
to unite all races in a cosmopolitan empire. But his foun- 
dations were not adequate for permanency, and Greek 
civilization today is largely known by restaurants and 

shoeshine parlors— necessary, but very materialistic The 
c;lovy has departed. 

Caeser Augustus, head of a mighty Roman Empire, 
decreed that all the world should be taxed, and with those 
taxes built roads to the ends of the known world, to be 
policed by Roman soldiers. But the Roman Empire has 
gone the way of all empires and even the genius of Mus- 
solini could not revive its glory. 

At the height of Caeser Augustus' power a babe was 
born in Bethlehem, whose brief thirty-three years of life 
changed the sense of human values from material to 
spiritual, and gave human life a new significance by the 
recognition of the value of every individual personality. 
This new movement, based on the teachings and spirit 
of Jesus, was beginning to change the world into a 
brotherhood of love, where slave and freeman were one 
in Christ Jesus, when the Roman emperor Constantine 
took the Christian movement over and put a sword into 
its hand as he changed its foundation of love to one of 
militarism and conformity. Since then, Christianity has 
come down the centuries, afraid to trust Jesus to save 
humanity, but trying to save Jesus and His way of life, 
by taking up the sword instead of the "sword of the 
Spirit which is the Word of God." 

Mankind has been trying to build a world on shaky 
foundations, and when the storms of life have swept 
across the world, the boasted civilizations have gone 
down, and great has been the fall thereof. 

In our life-time we have seen the attempt to build civil- 
ization on the foundation of colonies based upon industrial 
ambition. But this civilization has come crashing to the 
ground — first the great German Empire, then the mighty 
British Empire, on which, it was proudly said, "The sun 
never sets," has begun to disintegrate. These shaky 
foundations of colonization have not been firm enough to 
support the ambitious super-structures man has tried to 
build upon them. Builders of empires have forgotten that 

* Minister of the First Methodist Church of Ashland, 
Ohio. The sermon was preached to spur Christians on to 
a greater effort in the Reading of the Bible. We felt it 
would be good for our readers. 


man is more than a body to be fed and clothed and housed. 
Man is a being whose soul is greater than his body. He 
demands freedom, not merely to move his body around in 
modern transportation of plane and car and railway. He 
demands the freedom of moving his mind about — ^to think, 
to accept the challenge of Jesus to "know the truth, and 
the truth shall make you free." When a man is willing to 
be regimented he ceases to be a man, for the greatest 
thing about a human being is his unique personality, no 
two of us alike. The supreme teaching of Jesus is just at 
this point: man is a free being with the inalienable right 
to make his own choices. That is the "rugged individ- 
ualism" whijch Jesus teaches. 

The experience of the early Christians in this new 
value of the freedom of every individual person, whom 
Jesus came to save, led the Apostle Paul to sum it all up 
when he said in the words of our text: "Other founda- 
tion can no man lay, than that is laid, which is Jesus 
Christ." The Apostle Peter also declared: "He is the 
stone despised by you builders, which has become the 
head of the comer: for there is none other name under 
heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved." 

Humanity has tried all the other foundations and found 
them shaky — money, militarism, colonial exploitation, 
even democracy, for a mere majority vote does not make 
a thing right if it is contrary to the law of the God of 
the universe. There is a divine totalitarianism at the 
heart of the universe: that is truth. Don't be afraid of 
that word, "totalitarianism." It belongs to God. No one 
else has the right to assume it. When Jesus was asked, 
"Which is the greatest commandment?" He did not say, 
"Keep the sabbath day," as the Jews would have said. 
Jesus answered that the greatest commandment was: 
"Thou Shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." 

Je-oUs personified that divine totalitarianism when He 
Said: "I am the truth, I am the way, I am the life." The 
truth is the only final way to life. No one can compro- 
mise with the truth, whether it be an individual or a 
proud industrial nation, without discovering, sooner or 
later, that he is building upon a shaky foundation which, 
when the storms of life come, will inevitably bring his 
so-called civilization crashing down about his ears. 

Now, if all this is true, humanity must return to Jesus 
for our salvation, both as indivitjuals and as nations, if 
we would survive. 

Well, I can imagine someone saying, "What does it 
mean to return to Jesus? What do we know about Jesus, 
anyway?" The answer is, "Not much." But we do know 
enough about Him to change the world, if we will use what 
we know. Jesus wrote no book, built no temple, organized 
no government, trained no armies. But He lived for three 
years in public life, mingled freely with all classes of 
men and women, and even associated with children. He 
healed the sick, cast out devils, spoke words of wisdom, 
acted in an unusual way when assailed by His enemies, 
and "trusted for all memory of Him, men's hearts alone." 
No one wrote down anything about Him while He was 
living. He did not ask anybody to write the story of His 
life, or even to write down His wonderful words. 


But we have such a record of Him in four small stories, 
known as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, 
and wherever men have read these stories and thought 
about them, their lives have been changed. 

Matthew was written for Jews; Mark was written by 
young man with all the impatience of youth — the word' 
"straightway" appears on almost every page in the story. 
J i. :e was written lor the Greek type of reasoning mind, 
which includes most people today. John's Gospel was writ- 
ten about 100 A. D., or two generations after Jesus 
lived. In view of the tremendous influence the life of 
Jesus had made upon the world, John wrote an interpret- 
ation of the life of Jesus, that men might believe that He 
had really come from God, and that they might have 
life through Him. 

In these brief Gospels or "good news stories" there is 
more power than in an atomic bomb. It is not the power 
to destroy life, but it is the power to destroy sin and to 
change men's lives. Millions of people who have read 
these four good news stories, in every country of the 
world, in virtually all the written languages of mankind, 
have said with contagious confidence, "I am not ashamed 
of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto 
salvation to everyone that believeth, and of every race." 
Missionaries have told us, again and again, that when 
they have gone to a foreign people who have never met 
a missionary before, that they have discovered people liv- 
ing the Christian life, because some trader left a. copy 
of the gospel in their own language. They exposed them- 
selves to Jesus' teachings and it changed their lives. 

But the average person in America today reads more 
about the power of the atomic bomb to destroy, than he is 
even willing to read about the power of God to save the 
world which is found in these four tiny books — the gos- 
pels of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Have we forgotten why we are Protestants? It was be- 
cause Martin Luther read the New Testament. He was so 
thrilled by the first-hand discoveries he read from its 
pages in its original Greek language, that he translated 
the Bible into the German language so that the common 
people could read it in their mother tongue. Later, it Was 
translated by Tyndale into the English language. Prot- 
estant Christianity was the result. Today you have a 
copy of this life-changing book in your own home, but 
you do not read it. That is the tragedy of Protestantism 
in America. We do a lot of talking about the Bible. It is 
still the "best seller" of all books printed, but more copies 
are being read in foreign languages than in our own. Two 
years ago the British and Foreign Bible Society reported 
that of all the Bibles they printed in foreign languages, 
more were in Russian than in any other tongue. 

Our Roman Catholic friends are experiencing a re- 
vival of Bible reading just now. One of the best of the 
new translations of the Bible is by a Catholic priest and 
scholar, Father Knox. I saw a copy of this book on the 
desk of Dean Stuckey of Ashland Theological Seminary 
last week. There was a time when Catholics were dis- 
couraged by their church from reading the Bible. Today 
it io different. Catholic laymen of the Knights of Colum- 
bus are advertising in the current magazines urging peo- 
ple to read and understand this great book. I sent for 

FEBRUARY 24, 1951 


one of the pamphlets they advertise and was surprised 
and delighted to find that there was very little in its 
statements about the Bible that I could not endorse. Of 
course I disagreed when the statement was made that 
only the Catholic Church could interpret the Bible. 

We Protestants had better wake up or the spiritual 
leadership of America will be taken from our hands. I 
am not asking you to read the entire Bible. There are 
sixty-six books bound together in this volume. But I am 
asking you to read the four Gospels, which tell us virt- 
ually all we know about Jesus, than whom "there is none 
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we 
must be saved." You will agree that we must be saved. 

I know that many of you are not satisfied with what 
is being done to save the world today. Many of you tell 
me you think that something else should be done. You 
say we must pray. Yes, but you find it hard to pray! 
Why? Jesus said, "If ye abide in me and mi/ words abide 
in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto 
you." Maybe you are asking the wrong things when you 
pray, and you feel that your prayers don't go any higher 
than your head. Well, let's be honest — probably they 
don't. We pray in emergencies like the present, the kind 
of fox-hole prayers that were so familiar in World War 
II, "God save my life that I may go on living the same 
kind of life I've always lived," instead of asking "Is my 
life worth enough to God's purposes in the world for 
Him to want to answer my prayers?" 

If you will get so full of the words of Jesus that you 
know what His mind is about the important things of 
life, you may ask what you will, and you will be answered 
because you ask for the right things, according to the 
purposes of God. 

"If ye abide in me," said Jesus. Most of us don't abide 
in Him; we only visit Him, and others only salute Him, 
and pass on. Once a week, or once a year at Easter, is 
not abiding in Christ. 

When you abide anywhere, that's what you call home. 
You go there whenever you can. If you don't want to go 
there, it's not home; it's only a way-station or a filling- 

If you abide in Christ you will want to go to His words 
again and again, as one goes to his abiding place because 
his heart finds rest there. 

Fellow Christians, let's go home! 

The prospects of the Gospel might be better if the aver- 
age town had in place of a few thousand members now 
listed only a dozen Christians who are not in the least 
apologetic and are willing to make the spread of the 
Gospel their first interest. — Dr. D. Elton Trueblood. 

Some people's religion is stiff-jointed because it is con- 
tinually taking the "rest cure." 

"The next time you see a 'man of distinction' adver- 
tisement, note that the booze is in the glass and not in 
the man. When it is in the man and no longer in the 
glass, he becomes a man of 'EXTINCTION'." 

Spiritual nDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God accept- 
ably with reverence and godly fear." Heb. 12:28. 

REVERENCE is defined as being filled with awe in a 
presence, to venerate, to accord great honor, to treat 
with deference another personality. We are filled with 
awe and respect in the presence of one who has attained 
to a place of distinction. We venerate a saintly soul, pay 
honor to kings, presidents, governors. We treat the vrise 
of the world with a consideration not accorded to aver- 
age personalities. But when we begin to study concerning 
qualities in men which win respect from their fellows, 
and look for perfection, we turn to look at the Almighty 
and exclaim after the style of the Psalmist, "Great is our 
God, and in goodness and power and in wisdom there is 
none like unto Him." 

The highest deference that can be shown to great men 
is to emulate those qualities and characteristics of speecii 
and conduct which have made them worthy of respect and 
honor. And we show reverence and deference to the Al- 
mighty by taking delight in His judgments, by accepting 
His decisions, by submitting to His will. Our thought of 
Him, our attitude toward Him, is different than that we. 
assume toward any other being. We hold for Him a fear 
begotten of an unwillingness to bring dishonor to His 
name; born of a desire to render whole-souled piety to 
Him. Reverence of God brings humility in the soul of the 
woi-shipper, and we are led to exclaim in the words oj- 
Holy Writ, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?'!: 
In His presence we are mindful of our own. unworthiness. 

True reverence will make us careful not to take God's 
name in vain, nor yet to speak it lightly, for the Word de- 
clares that "holy and reverend is His name." True rev- 
erence will cause us to assume a spirit of real respect for 
God's house, will dignify our approach to Him by causing 
us to use comely and beautiful language. WE RESPECT 

• — Linwood, Maryland. 

Values Compared 

Longfellow could take a worthless sheet of paper, write 
a poem on it, and make it worth $6,000 — that's genius. _ 

Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper' 
and make it worth a million dollars — that's capital. 

Uncle Sam can take silver, stamp an emblem on it,, 
and make it worth a dollar — that's money. 

A mechanic can take metal that is worth only $5.00 
and make it worth $50.00 — that's skill. 

An artist can take a fifty-cent piece of canvas, paint a 
picture on it, and make it worth $1,000 — that's art. 

But God can take a worthless, sinful life, wash it in the 
blood of Christ, and make it a blessing to humanity — 
tha..t is salvation. — Defender Magazine. 




The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 

Sricfs 'From Argentina 

Easter Season will soon be here again. 

It is the Season when our people are ready and willing 
to present prayers and gifts for our Foreign Missionary 

Professor J. Garber Drushal recently returned from our 
South American field with a genuinely thrilling report. 
He made contacts with ministers, churches and officials 
who gave to him valuable information. 

Our Missionary Board has approved a number of rec- 
ommendations which President Drushal made. One of 
these will be of interest to all: 

"That we make every effort to expand our missionary 
efforts in Argentina, and that we express our willingness 
to accept missionaries for other fields in that area, and 
that these desires of the Board be given adequate pub- 
licity to Brethren young people." 

Another is: 

"That the Board cooperate with the Argentine workers 
in supplying them with extensive literature, methods, and 
aids on stewardship, and that this be a continuing func- 
tion of some designated agency." 

President Drushal spoke through an interpreter in all 
of our churches with the exception of one. He gave in- 
spiration and counsel for each group. The Gerli Church 
location is to be changed and the lot with house in Flor- 
encia will he sold. The location will be near, so as to con- 
tinue a program of Evangelization in the former section. 

This report will not mention all of the places but a 
word must be given concerning Villa Constitucion. This 
is the one in charge of Miss Kugler. The new church has 
been started. It had to be cut down in size due to the 
heavy inflation in Argentina. The report says — "Villa 
Constitucion has a fine group of people, a large percent 
of them being children. She has now enough members to 
have the classification of a regular church." 

My own observation is that Mr. Dinjshal did a fine ser- 
vice by insisting that the churches each raise a fund to 
help complete the Villa Constitucion church. This is the 
first time a joint financial project has been undertaken. 
The church people are eager for help in stewardship and 
tithing literature to be translated, printed and sent to the 
Superintendent in Argentina. 

Drushal concluded — "In looking back over the churches 
and their problems, one problem stands out as the biggest 
material hurdle facing the Argentine Brethren, that is, 
the property problem. 

"Due to inflation, certain regulations, etc., it will be 
necessary for financial help from our Missionary Board 
when any new building is contemplated." 

The Board recommends that the Byler family move to 
Buenos Aires and do some teaching in a Bible Institute 
where many of our young people attend, start a new 

Brethren work in the city, supervise the practical work 
of the Brethren students, and give to all of our agents 
doctrinal instruction. This, again will involve some extra 

Miss June Byler, trained in the field of Child Evangel- 
ism, is, for the present, working in a "Good-Will Center" 
as substitute for a friend who is on vacation. This will 
give her valuable experience in the field in which she 
would like to serve. There is need for such a work in con- 
nection with the new station in .Buenos Aires. This, too, 
will involve some extra expense, but will pay real divi- 
dends in the training of young life and be a feeder for the 

Aside from our interest in Argentina, there are many 
who are also greatly moved by the momentous appeal and 
need in Africa among the lepers of Nigeria. 

May the Brethren people be led and directed by God's 
spirit in their missionary giving at this Easter-tide. 
E. M. Riddle 
General Secretai-y Missionary Board. 

"Ghc I^ithe Is 'Practical 

Anyone who thinks about it knows that the paying of 
the tithe as a sign of stewardship has nothing whatever 
the matter with it. 

It saves the Christian's self-respect. He need not apol- 
ogize either for doubtful methods or inadequate results. 

It consei-ves the energies of the church for the church's 
real business. 

It puts a stop to the necessity of the church becoming 
a peddler of pies, oysters, ice cream, chicken pie and 

It gives the business men of the place a new regard 
for the church as a business institution. 

It collects itself. 

It puts a quietus on all display and self-seeking in one's 
contributions. Nobody can get puffed up over paying his 

It makes the Christian's financial relation to his church 
a pleasure instead of a perpetual annoyance, and so does 
a good work on his disposition. 

It is the one sure way of proving we are in earnest 
when we say of God that He owns all we possess. 

It links us with God in a real and definite sharing of 
His work. 

It is the plan of our Lord approved. 

And every time, everywhere, with rich churches, poor 
churches, city churches, country churches, little churches, 
uig cnurcnes — it works. — Selected. 

FEBRUARY 24, 1951 


"Report of Tfie Ylorthern Balifornia district Gonference 

opened at 10:OQ o'clock on Thursday morning, Janu- 
ary 11, 1951, at the Lathrop Brethren Church with the 
Moderator Brother J. W. Piatt presiding. Brother Dave 
Frey of the Lathrop Church gave the welcoming address. 
The conference theme, "For Christ and the Church," was 
well displayed right from the very beginning of the con- 
ference and lasted through to the closing benediction. At 
2:00 o'clock in the afternoon Brother Piatt gave the Mod- 
erator's address by first giving a brief history of thf 
Brethren church and its origin in California, then finish- 
ing with a stirring message on the Church and Jesus Christ 
its founder. 

Each business session was terminated smoothly and 
speedily without a dissenting vote during the entire con- 
ference. When the Mission Board gave its report and 
plans for the future, and called for pledges to support 
the work, the response was very good, both in pledges 
and in cash donations. The Scholarship League also had 
a good response to their call for memberships of the 
League at $10.00 per member, getting twenty members at 
the first call. When the call was made for donations to 
cover the conference expenses, the congregation answered 
by giving more than the budget called for. 

The Women's Missionary Society gave two very inter- 
esting programs, one on Thursday and one on Friday, 
telling of their work in the past and outlining their plans 
for the future. Their guest speaker was Rev. Van Der 
Beek of Stockton Gospel Center, who gave a very enlight- 
ening message on his personal contacts with those less 
fortunate ones who need to know Christ as their Saviour. 

The Berean .Band had the Saturday afternoon session 
of conference with their president, Donald Huse in charge. 
They gave a fine program with Brother George Jones of 
Pennsylvania as their first speaker. He brought a very 
fitting message on Christian Youth and Leadership pat- 
terned after the life of Christ, which ^\■as a challenge to 
the youth and an inspiration to the older folks. Beverly 
Gall and Ella Mae Johnson brought a beautiful message 
in song, and our Moderator then introduced the guest 
speaker of the afternoon for the Bereans, Dr. G. P. 
Schroeder, Evangelist and Bible Teacher from Lodi, Cali- 
fornia. He first sang choruses and hymns with the ac- 
companiment of a Russian seven-string guitar, which he 
played himself. He then gave a most interesting lecture 
in which he portrayed the horrible sufferings and perse- 
cutions that the Christians had to go through under the 
Russian anti-religious government, and how he thought 
that Stalin was the Anti-Christ spoken of in the Bible. 

On Sunday morning, January 14, 1951 each church of 
the district held Sunday School and church services in the 
home church, with Brother George Jones in charge at 
Stockton, Brother J, W. Piatt leading the services at Man- 
teca, and Brother Earl Flora preaching at Lathrop. Then 
after the morning sei'vices all three groups gathered at 
Lathrop for a fine fellowship dinner and the closing pro- 
grams of the 1951 conference. In the afternoon, Brother 
Roger Darling brought a soul searching sermon on the 
"Baptism of the Holy Spirit." 

We certainly had some very fine talks and messages 

from the following Messengers of God: George Anderson, 
Pastor of the Lathrop church; George Jones, Acting Pas- 
tor of the Stockton church; Earl Flora; J. W. Piatt, Pas- 
tor of the Manteca church; Robert Madoski, and Roger 
Darling. Brother Charlie Johnson was unable to appear 
on the program because of illness. Brother Virgil Ingra- 
ham, the conference Evangelist, held meetings all con- 
ference week in the Lathrop church, bringing four of the 
most appealing, heart-searching sermons during confer- 
ence that I ever heard. How a sinner can listen to such 
soul-stirring messages telling of the Love of God and then 
turn Christ down is more than I can see. 

Might I say in conclusion that this was a wonderful 
conference with the love of Christ and our fellow-workers 
being predominent at every meeting. The hospitality was 
marvelous, the messages inspiring and challenging, the 
food delicious, and the Holy Spirit leading in all things. 
Julion L. Hallett, Conference Secretary. 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen MiUer 


We have seen in our preceding studies that God is Cre- 
ator. The world, and we use the word in its most com- 
mon and widest acceptance, is the Creation of God. "The 
earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world 
and they that dwell therein" Psalm 24:1. These words 
of the old song-writer express not a mere poetic fancy. 
They state a profound truth. 

God is Creator of the world and we niay be sure that 
He has a care for it. By God's providence we mean just 
this — That He cares for His creation. He not only creates 
to begin with: the creation must be upheld; it must be 
sustained. The world is not like a clock that is wound up 
once for all then i-uns do\\Ti. It is not a machine at all. 
It is not run, therefore, by sheer mechanical forces. The 
world as the Creation of God, has not gotten beyond His 
power, so that it can now get on without Him. God's will 
is supreme within His creation. God governs the world. 
No human speculation as to how, or why, or when, must 
ever be allowed to obscure the fundamental ti-uth that 
God creates, sustains, and orders all things. 

(Next week: "Man: His Nature and Relation.") 

Recently copies of the booklet "Brethren Studies" 
were sent out. We sent these to each church in the 
denomination so that each had at least a few. These 
booklets are out of print now. However, if the re- 
sponse is great enough we will have them reprinted. 
Do you want more? ? ? ? If so, \vrite to the National 
Sunday School Association, Ashland College, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

and Quiet Dell churches to be held in the Cameron 
Church on Thursday evening, March 22nd. 

Brother Baer says that "there is good news for all the 
members of the Church. It was recently announced that 
the Brethren Parsonage is free from debt. In seven years 
the parsonage has been bought and paid for and the Lord 
has richly blessed the undertaking. We are now looking 
forward to some painting and repairs in the near future." 
He also says, "The Cameron Building Fund has been en- 
riched by $1,000.00. This comes from an estate which is 
still unsettled." 

April 22nd marks the first anniversary of the Cameron 
Church. .Brother E. M. Riddle, the dedication speaker, 
has been asked to return for that day and for a week 
of meetings afterward. 

We note that on Easter Monday all of the preachers 
of the Pennsylvania District will meet at the Cameron 
parsonage for their Spring Retreat. These "retreats" are 
regular affairs — Spring and Fall — and have proved rich 
in fellowship and mutual helpfulness. 

Louisville, Ohio. We note the following from Brother 
Byler's bulletin of February 4th: On February 13th the 
Louisville Sisterhood were scheduled to be the guests of 
the Smithville, Ohio, Sisterhood. If the weather was like 
it was in Ashland, we wonder if they were able to make 
the trip. It was very icy here. 

The W. M. S. will hold their Public Service on Sunday, 
March 11th; on Sunday, March 18th, Prof. J. Garber Dru- 
shal. President of the General Mission Board, will bring 
a message concerning his recent trip to the mission field 
in Argentina. This will be brought at the morning hour. 
At the evening hour of March 18th the Senior Sisterhood 
will have charge of the service. Brother Byler will be 
engaged in an evangelistic nieeting at our Falls City, 
Nebraska church, from March &th to 18th. 

Ashland, Ohio. A very fine service was held on Sunday 
evening, Febiiiary 11th, the musical part of which was 
made up of request numbers by the choir under the direc- 
tion of Leo Jones. Both hymns and anthems were sung, 
following the requests which had been previously made 
by members of the congregation. The request program 
was followed by the sermon by the pastor, H. H. Rowsey. 

Brother Rowsey was the speaker at the morning de- 
votional hour over Ashland's radio station WATG the 
week of February 12th, with a messge each morning at 
8:00 o'clock. 

On Tuesday evening, February 13th, the Laymen spon- 
sored Father and Son Banquet was held in the basement 
of the church. A more disagreeable night could not have 
been chosen, for the evening was ushered in with a mis- 
erable freezing rain and sleet storm which covered wind- 
shields with fully a quarter of an inch of ice. However 
it did not dampen the ardor of those who were brave 
enough to attend and this number was about fifty. They 
were well repaid for their "daring" by the wonderful 
banquet served by the ladies of Group Three of the Wom- 
an's Missionary Society. It looked to us as if there was 
as much fried chicken left as we had eaten, and that is 

saying a great deal, for both men and boys were literally 
forced to cease eating for lack of both appetite and room. 
It was just wonderful. The men then adjourned to the 
auditorium where two reels of sound film were shown, 
which were greatly enjoyed. The meeting was in charge 
of Rex Martin, Ashland Laymen President. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. Brother Dodds announces 
that their Spring Revival Meeting will be held from April 
9th to 22nd, closing with their communion on Monday. 
April 23rd. 

A Youth Rally was held at the Firestone Park Church 
on Tuesday, Febi-uary 13th. Brother Dodds says, "Watch 
this organization grow, both numerically and spiritually." 

We note that there were an even dozen of the Akron 
Sunday School that attended fifty or more Sunday School 
sessions during 1950. Twenty-three more attended be- 
tween 40 and 50 sessions. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick informs us that the 
dates for the Gratis Revival have been set as of March 
5th to 18th, with Brother Harold R. Garland, West Alex- 
dria pastor, as the evangelist. Baptisms have been planned 
for Palm Sunday, with reception into the church on Eas- 
ter Sunday. Such planning shows that they expect results. 

Oakville, Indiana. We note from the Oakville bulletin 
of February 11th, that Brother Bright Hanna, pastor, and 
his family entertained the Deacon Board at a fellowship 
meal on Wednesday evening, February 7th, at which time 
it was decided to have a week of Pre-Easter Meetings. 

The Golden Band Class of the Sunday School were the 
guests of the Wonder Class on Thursday evening, Feb- 
ruary 15th at a pot-luck supper. 

Loreie, Indiana. We are informed that the new Ham- 
mond Organ which was recently purchased, was dedicated 
on Sunday evening, February 18th. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. E. Meyer reports in his 
Febiniaiy 11th bulletin that to that date two confessionc 
of Christ had been made in their meeting. 

Brother Meyer is holding a two week meeting at our 
South Bend, Indiana, church, beginning on Sunday, Feb 
ruary 26th. In his absence the Sisterhood Girls will pre 
sent their public service on March 4th, and on the 11th 
the Gideon's International will present their work at th • 
morning hour. 

The Father and Son .Banquet was scheduled for Mon- 
day evening, Febiiiary 19th. A good program was planned. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
that the theme of the evangelistic meetings which Brother 
J. G. Dodds of Akron, Ohio, wiH be holding a Milledge- 
ville, will be "Building The House of Life." The dates 
of the meeting are Monday, March 5th to Sunday, March 

Waterloo, Iowa. On Sunday night, February 18th, Mrs. 
Harold Royer and her son, missionaries from Garkida, 
Nigeria, British West Africa, will be the guest speakers. 
They serve in the same field that our ovm Miss Veda .. 
Liskey sei-ves. 

Brother Gentle reminds us to announce again that be-'! 
ginning on March 6th "The Richers" vrill be holding a ^ 
revival meeting at Waterloo. The meeting closes on March ^ 
16th. ? 

FEBRUARY 24, 1951 


Morrill, Kansasi. We learn through Brother Bischof's 
bulletin that the Baptist Church in Hamlin, Kansas, where 
some of our people worshipped, was entirely destroyed 
by fire on Thursday, February 8th. 

The Laymen of the Morrill Church are seeking to in- 
crease the interest in the Organization and are staging a 
membership drive. 

Carleton, Nebraska. Brother H. M. Oberholtzer an- 
nounces that special Easter services are being planned 
jointly by the Methodist and Brethi-en Churches of Carle- 
ton. A union choir will sing at the Easter morning ser- 
vices of each church, the Methodist service being con- 
ducted earlier than our services. 

Brother Obeilioltzer is preaching a series of Lenten 
sermons leading up to the Easter time. The messages 
will be both devotional and evangelistic in nature. 

The New Address of the Bylers. A card from Sister 
Bessie King, mother of Jane Byler, says, "Several people 
have inquired about the Bylers' new address, so I am 
sending it with the thought that you might want to run 
it in the Evangelist. The address is: Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Byler, Calle Arcos, 3099 Nunes, Buenos Aires, Argen- 
tina, South America." Thanks, Sister King for calling our 
attention to this change of address. 

A Thought for This Wee\ 

B. F. Burkhart 


"What I do is my own business, so long as I do not 
hurt anyone else," you have often heard people say. But 
how can we do anything wrong without it leaving a defi- 
nite trail that eventually leads straight back to ourselves ? 

He was a member of a church, in good standing; he 
was with some friends hunting rabbits, and he was feel- 
ing the exhiliaration and happiness that a day in the 
woods usually brings. While eating their lunch the group 
told stories and this man, in order to get a laugh, to be 
the "top man," went a step farther and told things that 
a clean-living man doesn't usually know or tell. 

In the group was a young man, not a member of the 
church. He was shy and sensitive, and at the age where 
he "sought but had not found" the answer to his questions 
on religion. He had long admired the man, but when he 
h^ard the stories he wondered why he should be called 
a Christian, and what was the use of seeking further 
along that path. That was the dividing road for him. He 
quit going to church altogether, and found his friends 
among the worldly. 

The church member who had influenced his decision 
never attained the power he felt was his due; a certain 
respect was lacking from his friends, and he never knew 
wherein he had failed. 

Are we doing things that hurt others ? 

The need of the hour is not politics in religion, but re- 
ligion in politics. 

An Ashland College Senior 
Looks at the Future 

By Richard Leinard 

(Richard Leinard, who was the Editor of the "Col- 
legian," Ashland College weekly paper, and who grad- 
uates this year, speaks from an experience of two 
years and eight months in the U. S. Army, where he 
served during World War II in the Armored Field Ar- 
tillery, seventeen months of which service was spent 
in Europe. He has sounded the feelings which lie in 
the breast of every boy of draft age, and seeks to an- 
swer the question — "What of the Future?" — Editor). 

TODAY, while the world bounces around on its axis 
in a state of unstable security and obvious confu- 
sion; while nations fight with mouth and fist in distant 
lands; while soldiers in Korea battle cold, miserable and 
muddy foxholes and bullets — students in colleges through- 
out the United States fight their weary way toward their 
goal and their well-earned degree. 

What has the graduate of 1951 to look foi-ward to 
when he completes his college work? For many it will 
be the first time they have been out of school and they 
will possibly try to seek their first job. But with the world 
sitting in such a precarious position, the answer from 
the employer may be, "Are you eligible for call to the 
service?" Some jobs are rather difficult to acquire be- 
cause this idea of employers that the graduate may be 
inducted immediately into the armed forces. 

Most of the students feel as if they will be called and 
do not know what to do. They wonder, "Shall I join the 
service, or should I try and locate a job and wait to be 
drafted?" Some feel, What's the use? or, as one stu- 
dent summed it up, "1 expect one thing in three words 
— to be drafted." Some reservists know what to expect, 
and are looking forward to another "hitch" in their par- 
ticular branch of the sei'vice. 

What is the best course for the graduate to follow in 
the aforementioned instances ? The best advice would be 
to either join some bi-anch of the sei'vice, or continue 
with his job seeking until he is drafted. He should not 
sit around waiting for his "greeting card" — but rather 
go out and look for that job he has studied for, or had in 
mind: he has to start some time. Now is the time. 

Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

The Sunday School teacher who wants to make every 
inch of his life count, clear to the hilt, would do well to 
look at his Sunday School class ... He can multiply his 
life, his highest ideals, his impact on human society by 
as many as he can bring into that class. — Paul C. Payne. 

In Pharaoh's case, the professions of repentance were 
frequent; but the tears of repentance were never seen. 

In order to do business with Jesus you must get rid of 
all doubting. 




W. St. CIdir BenshoFf, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 

Used by permission." 

Topic for March 11, 1951 


Scripture: Phil. 4:13; Heb. 11:1-10; 12:1, 2 

For The Leader 

AVERY THOUGHT PROVOKING question is raised 
in our subject this evening. We are told in the first 
scripture verse that we "can do all things through Christ," 
eXc. But then the question is raised, "Will we?" Here is 
touched off the great problem of weakness, failure, lack 
of progx-ess that has plagued the church since Jesus went 
back to heaven. Not that the church has not made prog- 
ress, for its progress is evident. But that so much more 
could have been done had people actually done "all things" 
in the strength of Christ. Jesus Himself recognized this 
problem when He spoke of the iields white unto the har- 
vest and the shortage of workers. The cold fact remains 
that while we can do all things in Christ we are not do- 
ing it. What we can do about that is our problem tonight. 

1, THE FAITH IT TAKES. Read through your 11th 
chapter of Hebrews. This is known as the roll call of the 
faith heroes. Note that those who are mentioned, per- 
formed their work "by faith." That is, not seeing the re- 
sults, nor perhaps even the reason, they plodded ahead 
to the goal, "by faith." So in Chi-istian work today, it 
does take faith. Some may live by sight, but most will 
live by faith. And those who live by sight will accomplish 
nothing for Christ, for this is a work where results and 
progx-ess are often not seen at the time. Your mission- 
aries, your youth leader's must have vision. When this is 
evident, then gi-eat strides are achieved in Chi-istian work. 
To look ai-ound you as Peter did when walking to Chiist 
on the water, means but to sink and fail. But to look above 
the confusion and set-backs of today and to keep your 
eyes upon Jesus, means but to succeed. 

the heroes of Hebrews was eventually rewarded with 
sight for their saith. So it is today. If we have vision 
and faith to believe that Chx-ist can strengthen us, then 
we shall see, here or latex-, the fx-uits of our efforts. So 
often our chui'ch wox'k becomes discouraging. We plaix 
a practice or a meeting, and so few come that it almost 
breaks your heax't. Yet it seems that we keep going, aixd 
things always work out. Or we plan higher attainments 
for our chux'ches, and at once we nxeet the opposition of 
those who ax-e living by sight. But we must continue to 
believe that with Christ all things are possible. People 
who have been at this wox'k of spreading the gospel for 
many years can attest to the fact that faith does be- 
come sight in the fx-uits of accomplishment. In our C. E. 
Societies, it looks rather bleak at times, doesn't it? Yet, 
somehow we keep on, and the society, instead of cx'umb- 
ling to dust, keeps x-ight on going. That is going by 

3. WHY DON'T WE DO MORE? The verse of scrip- 
ture says that we can do all things through Chx-ist which 
strengtheneth us. Well, then why don't we do more? The 
real reason is two-fold. First, we don't want to be both- 
ered doing all things for Christ. We are content to do 
just a little bit. Instead of woi-king together to push the 
huge boulder down the hill into the pond and making a 
tidal wave, we are satisfied when w,e can stand oix the 
shoi-e and throw little pebbles into the water. Yes, in- 
stead of attempting great things for God, we ax-e satisfied 
to be doing the small things for Him., The second reason 
is that we ourselves do not believe that God can do "big 
things." Well, on this we let God be the judge. If God 
feels a thing can be done, and lays the burden on our 
hearts, theix we can do that job, provided we trust Christ 
for power. Moses did the iixipossible in taking the Israel- 
ites out of Egypt because God kixew it could be done, and 
Moses had the faith small as it was, to believe God and 
to work with Him. 

4. FAILURE COMPLEX. One of the biggest weapoixs 
of the forces of evil today is that of ti-ying to convince 
Christian people it is no use fighting evil. Take your 
liquor interests, your gambling syndicates, etc. They, 
through propaganda , are "convincing" the public that 
theirs is a legitixxxate business and pays taxes, etc. So, 
we ax-e doing wrong in seeking to destroy them, so they 
say. Or, right now the booze association is trying to con- 
vince us that it is not right to put men out of work by 
banning the sale and nxanufacture of it. So, we get a 
failure coixiplex in which we believe that the Chui-ch's 
effoi-t to ban the stuff is not i-ight. Let us not be misled. 

5. POWER IS OURS TODAY. The same power that 
closed the lions' ixiouths for Daniel, the same power that 
cooled the flames of the fiery furnace for the Hebrew 
children, and the same power that gave Paul his -victoi-ies, 
is the Power of the church today. Our failure is due, not 
to a lack of power, but to a lack of coixixections. The ques- 
tion is often raised as to whether or not God can do the 
ixxii-acles today as He did in Bible days. It should be 
noted that God is doing ixxiracles today as great, if not 
gi-eater. What do you thixik is holding back the full-scale 
atomic bombing -with bombs that man in his greed for 
lust aixd power has unfortunately and foolishly made? 
Certainly not love for one another, as that virtue is at 
a premium today. God is using His power to keep nxan 
fx-om killing himself off the eax-th. Yes, young people, 
this power is ours, when we want it. 

6. LET'S USiE IT. As William Carey said, "Attempt 
gi-eat things for God; expect great things for God. Let's 
use this powei-. Anyone acquainted with Chux-ch work will 
agree that most people are afraid to attempt all things 
for Christ. (Maybe they're afraid to see what God can 
do.) So we are always baixdicapped in Chux-ch wox-k. On 
the other hand, we px-aise God for those who do work 
hai-d and faithfully, because hey are using God's power 
to accomplish x-esults. How else would our chui-ches and 
denominational boax-ds continue to operate financially in 
the black ? We here outline a course of Chx-istian action 
which is guaranteed to produce results. Pray for 
God's leading, and cooperation; Stax-t working, 
expect setbacks and discouragements. Pray and keep go- 
ing onward to victory. Tx-y it, it works! 

FEBRUARY 24, 1951 


Vrayer 1/Tleeting 


"Be thou there till I bring thee word." 
(Matt. 2:13) 

I'll stay where you've put me; I'll work, dear Lord, 

Though the field be narrow and small. 
And the ground he fallow, and the stones lie thick, 

And there seems to be no life at all. 
The field is Thine own, only gi\-e me the seed, 

I'll sow it with never a fear; 
I'll till the dry soil while I wait for the rain. 
And rejoice w^hen the green blades appear; 

I'll work where You've put me. 

I'll stay where You've put me; I will, dear Lord; 

I'll bear the day's burden and heat. 
Always trusting Thee fully; when even has come 

I'll lay heavy sheaves at T'hy feet. 
And then when my earth work is ended and done, 

In the light of eternity's glow. 
Life's record all closed, I surely shall find 

It was better to stay than to go; 

I'll stay where You've put me. 

— Selected. 


WE ARE NOT to despise little things (Luke 19:17). 
If God can't trust us with little things, how can 
He trust us wth big things (Luke 16:10)? The greatest 
ability on earth is dependability (Luke 19:13). Diversions 
greatly impair our Christian faithfulness (1 Kings 20: 
40). We can always do what God wants us to do (Phil. 
4:13). Whatever our lot may be, if we could see as God 
sees, we should choose it as the best (1 Sam. 10:7). It is 
heart service that counts with God (Phil. 4:11). After 
all, God's way up is down (Matt. 23:12). We are not to 
be affected by either adversity or prosperity (Phil. 4:12). 
In either case, God marks our steps and goes before (Job 
23:10, 11). In little and in great things alike God reveals 
His love to us (Gal. 2:20). His grace gives us sufficiency 
in all things (2 Cor. 9:8). Whatever we do in anything 
we are to do it as for Him (Psa. 37:23). It is faithful- 
ness that counts with God and not the size of the job 
here; promotion follows later (Matt. 25:20-23). If we 
are on probation here, the undesirable place is the one 
that tests (Prov. 3:5). We can be a better example in 
the undesirable circumstances of life (1 Tim. 4:12). Our 
Ix)rd was as One that serves (Luke 22:27). His exalta- 
tion followed an earthly life of condescension (Phil. 2:5-9). 

A missionai-y labored for forty years among the Mo- 
hammedans before he had his first convert. Evidently 
he did not lose faith and courage (1 Chron. 22:13). Too 
many are not willing to be failures or fools for Christ (1 
Cor. 4:10). Too many are not willing to undertake the 

little things (John 6:9). It is not prominence that we 
need. If we are what God wants us to be, we are as big 
as any other man in the world. Can you think of being 
a bigger man than being what God wants you to be? A 
talented violin player once prayed in consecrated submis- 
sion: "Lord, this is your violin. You can have it played, 
or You can have it silent." One does not have to be an 
official to be a pillar in the church. A certain Christian 
lady was suddenly voted out of seven church and auxiliary 
capacities for no apparent reason. She seemed perfectly 
composed, and by the next year she was again holding 
seven positions. She lost nothing, but gained the admira- 
tion of all who observed how well she "could take it" 
(John 21:22). 

Lesson Hymn: "Hold the Fort, For I Am Coming." 

Gomments on the Lesson hij the Editor 

Lesson for March 11, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 11:11, 15-19; 12:28-31 

TODAY WE MEET A SCENE, the like of which was 
probably never before witnessed — the casting out of 
a great group of men by the mere power and authority 
of one individual, who to all intents and purposes had 
never been given that authority by any human being. In 
the other gospels, in the story of this event, we find that 
Jesus only braided Himself a small whip of "small cords," 
a lash that in all probability would not have banned any 
one of the men had He used it upon their backs. It mere- 
ly became the symbol of the fact that certain authority 
had been vested in Him and He was using it even as His 
Heavenly Father would desire. 

Nowhere in the Bible can we find that there was the 
least resistance as He "cast out them that sold, and 
bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the 
money changers and the seats of them that sold doves." 
The charge He made against them they knew was all too 
true. He cried out in the woi^ds of the scriptures, so well 
known to them, "My house shall be called of all nations 
the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." 

Let's look on that scene for a few moments. There is 
a right and wrong to the whole picture. There was a need 
for those who changed the worshippers' money into the 
proper coin to pay the temple tax. Let us remember that 
people came from many places over the world to the 
various feasts and especially to the Passover and their 
offering had to be in the required "coin current" of the 
temple. Also there must be a place where these people 
who traveled far could purchase the necessary sacrifices. 
Insofar as these requirements were being met, Jesus had 
no quarrel with them. The thing that was totally wrong 
was that these "merchants" were taking advantage of 
their position in the matter and were literally "robbing" 
those who must purchase from them and were also charg- 



ing exorbitant "exchange" in the changing of their "for- 
eign" money for the coin of the temple. They had liter- 
ally made the "House of God" the "den of thieves" as Je- 
sus expressed it. 

Why did these men not turn upon Jesus and defy Him ? 
It is a rather poor illustration, as illustrations go, but at 
least gives us the thought we are trying to bring out. 
For a number of years I lived in Peiu, Indiana, and at 
that time it bore the name, "Circus City of the World." 
Great circuses made the city their headquarters during 
the winter months. Many times we watched the trainer 
of wild beasts and especially one who is considered one 
of the best of all, Clyde Beatty. Tlie marvel of it to me 
was that he faced these man-eating tigers and iierce lions 
with no fear. He carried a common kitchen chair and a 
long whip with him as his only weapons. As he faced these 
jungle beasts, he managed them literally by the power 
of his personal authority. He looked at them squarely and 
they cringed and cowered beneath that gaze, and at his 
command proceeded to his bidding. He spoke with author- 
ity and they knew it. 

Jesus spoke with authority all His own, and the vio- 
lators of the temple area recognized the fact that He had 
a right to so speak — and they obeyed without counter 

Whenever Jesus speaks it is with authority which is 
above any earthly right or power. The centurion recog- 
nized this when he said to Jesus, as he besought Him to 
heal His sei'vant, "I, too, am a man under authority. I say 
to one 'Go,' and he goeth, and to another 'Come,' and he 
Cometh. Only speak the word and my servant liveth." He 
recognized Jesus' supreme authority. 

So often when Jesus spoke, that which He said was 
followed by exclamations of the people, "We never saw 
it on this fashion. He speaks with authority and not as 
the scribes." 

Our lesson closes with Jesus' words regarding the first 
and greatest commandment, and the second, which is like 
unto it. And it is interesting to note that in verse 34, 
that from that time "No man durst ask him any ques- 
tions." His authority must go undisputed — how happy we 
are when we obey His commandments. Do we really love 
the Lord with all our soul, mind and strength? Do we 
love our neighbors as our own selves? If we believe in 
the "authority" of Jesus — we must! 

TEETER. Wiley G. Teeter departed this life on De- 
cember 27, 1950, at the age of 82 years and 2 months. 
Death was due to a heart attack. He had been carrying on 
his usual farm work and he passed away before a mem- 
ber of the family could reach him. 

Mr. Teeter was a member of the Hillcrest Brethren 
Church at Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted 

in the Middle District Church of the Brethren, near his 

He is survived by his wife, Laura E.; two sons — W. 
Harold, Forest E.; two daughters — Mrs. Glenna Winchell 
and Mrs. Ethel Weldy; twelve grandchildren, four great 
grandchildren, one sister and one brother, the brother be- 
ing Reverend Roy R. Teeter of Ashland, Ohio. 

His body was laid to rest in the Bear Creek Cemetery 
west of Dayton. 

S. M. Whetstone. 








It was one year ago, February 1, that we moved to 
Waterloo from Ashland to begin our first pastorate. This 
is our first full-time pastorate, having sei-ved as student 
pastor of the North Georgetown, Ohio, Brethren Church. 
Our sei-vice there shall never be forgotten because of the 
wonderful people there, and their goodness to us. 

We feel that the work here in Waterloo has progressed 
considerably this past year. We are not taking credit to 
ourselves, but we feel that there are three reasons for 
this progress. First, the Lord has truly blessed us and 
has been with us in the work here. The Holy Spirit has 
been in our midst and has done marvelous things for us. 
Second, the people of this church in Waterloo are truly 
a hard-working group of people. No matter what the task 
is before them, they can do it. They have truly been good 
to their pastor and his family; a group of people that is 
generous and willing to work for the Lord. Third, the 
foundation laid by the previous pastor, Rev. Virgil Meyer, 
is solid, and it was very easy for us to build upon that 
foundation. We had nothing to worry about when we 
came, all we had to do was to take over where Rev. Meyer 
left off, and his work before us has been a big factor in 
the progress of the past year, thanks to him. 

Now, for some of the achievements of the year. Eighteen 
first time confessions have been made, 9 of them since 
the first of this year; 20 baptisms have been performed; 
24 new members have been received into the church, sev- 
eral rededications and 2 full-time service dedications. 
Thanks be to God for the way He has been working in our 
midst! Our church attendance for both the morning ser- 
vice and the evening service has been holding up very 
well. Our Sunday School attendance average for the past 
few months has been considerably higher. The spiritual 
status of the church is on a high level. We can truthfully 
say that the people here are "in one accord" in the ac- 
tivities of the church. 

As to Church building and the parsonage, much work 
has Ibeen done. A new study for the pastor has been made 

FEBRUARY 24, 1951 


at the church; the outside woodwork of the church has 
been painted by the laymen; work nights have been called 
and the upstairs Sunday School Auditorium and rooms 
haive been painted; the dining room and downstairs rooms 
have been painted; new carpeting has been laid in the 
main auditorium; a new pulpit is in its place; one of the 
Sunday School classes purchased a baby grand Gulbransen 
piano for the auditorium; and, just last week, a new oil 
automatic furnace was put in the parsonage, which the 
preacher and his family are enjoying immensely! We 
aren't finished yet, much more is to be done this, spring. 

Some of the highlights of the services are these: the 
revival last March with the Richers, (they are returning 
to us on March 6 of this year); the Gospel Team from 
Ashland last Easter; the Ambassador Team last July; our 
Youth services; the communion which we held for the min- 
isters of the city in our church; our New Year's eve watch 
service was truly an inspiring service; our week of Bible 
Studies with Rev. Delbert Flora; the Sunday morning ser- 
vices in January when several came forward for first-time 
confessions; and many others. The spiritual life of this 
church is NOT dead! 

Our young people are very active, we have a service 
on Thursday evening which we call "CF" — "Christ First 
— Church First." The average attendance is 15! This is 
a group of high school young people! We discuss lessons 
from the Bible, our own Brethren Doctrines, and we pray. 
In January, these young people held a day of fasting and 
prayer, 17 participated! We are now looking forward to 
our district spring camp which is to be held here. 

All in all, the work here is progressing, and we pray 
that God will continue to bless us. We realize that only 
through Him can we go foi-ward in our work for Him. 
We praise Him every day for his goodness to us. 

Mrs. Gentle and I want to take this means in thanking 
the people in Waterloo for their faithfulness to us; we 
have made mistakes, many of them, but the people have 
stood by and have helped us. We ai-e truly happy here 
with these people and in the work of the Lord. Pray for 
us that God will continue to bless us. 

Spencer Gentle. 


Was reading some of the church news in a recent num- 
ber of the Evangelist, and it occurred to me that maybe 
other folks enjoy hearing from other parts of the broth- 
erhood as well as I do — and how shall they hear from 
Linwood if no one ever sends in any reports to the pa- 
per? So, since I haven't reported for quite some time 
I decided to mend my ways at once. So here is news from 

Just now we are having som.e of the severest weather 
of the present winter season (Feb. 5, '51). Snow and ice 
and some slush, but the "groundpiggy" saw his shadow 
in this section and so we are settling down for another 
six weeks of wintry weather. (Expect we vrill get weath- 
er of some kind during that period, regardless of the 
prognostications from the furry weather prophet.) 

The work of the church at this place is moving along 
at a rather moderate pace, with Sunday School and wor- 
ship services being held weekly on Sunday morning, and 
no other services during the remainder of the day. (And 

since this seems to have become a habit among many 
of the churches of the brotherhood, I may be permitted 
to remark that this writer feels like suggesting that things 
ought not to be.) The Biblical injunction to "Forsake not 
the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of 
some is," still stands after all the neglect that some have 
given it. I sincerely believe that God will call us into judg- 
ment for all our derelection. Disobedience is still wrong 
even if "the best folks" are guilty — or the best churches. 
(A general observation from a specific instance.) 

Linwood maintatins most of the auxiliaries of the Gen- 
eral brotherhood — W. M. S. organized Sunday School 
classes, and a Laymen's group in the process of "hom- 
ing." But, as in every church, there is room for growth, 
enlargement. We need a Prayer Meeting, Young People's 
work, etc. — all of which we are still hoping to inaugurate 

A yearly Home Coming service which has been main- 
tained by the group for some twenty-five years, held on 
the second Sunday in October, has brought an outstand- 
ing speakei' — and for more than twenty of those years 
the same man, the Honorable Theodore R. McKeldin, has 
been the speaker. And at the last state election Mr. Mc- 
Keldin was elected Governor of the state, and so next 
October we are looking forward to entertaining the gov- 
ernor of the state as our guest speaker. And the happy 
part of it is that "the Governor" is an outstanding Chris- 
tian genetleman, who isn't afraid to let it be known that 
he is a believer. (Since his election the Governor has or- 
dered all liquor out of the Executive mansion at An- 

The Linwood people are generous in the bestowing of 
gifts upon their pastor at Christmas time and the Har- 
vest Home gathering each year. Gifts of food and money 
are bestowed upon the minister, and this past Christmas 
the monetary gift was the finest yet. Such kindnesses are 
not soon forgotten. 

Just now we are looking foi'ward to an evangelistic 
effort, to open on March 11 and to run for two weeks, 
with Rev. E. M. Riddle as the evangelist. Brother Riddle 
is a former pastor of this congregation and well known 
and respected in the locality. We ane asking for prayer 
by our brethren that God may use him mightily in the 
advancement of the kingom in this part of His vineyard. 
We are starting a .Bible study group to use the little book- 
let prepared and used by the Ashland brethren, and hope 
we can stir an interest in Bible study and prayer 

The writer contracted an attack of some new-fangled 
edition of the well known malady, formerly titled the 
Flu, at the Holiday season and was out of the pulpit for 
several Sundays, and is not yet fully recovered from the 
siege. We were fortunate in being able to secure Rev. 
Thornton Black, a young minister of the Church of the 
Bi-ethren to supply for us during the time when a supply 
was needed. The pastor's personal thanks to Brother 

At the semi-annual business meeting, held in January, 
all of the incumbents of the various offices of Sunday 
School and church — with a few exceptions — were reelected. 
The pastor was called for another year of service with 
the church, beginning July 1, 1951. We look forward with 
hope that the coming year may be fi-uitful for the king- 
dom. For the past while we have been having a period 
of illness among some of our families which has affected 



our attendance sonxewhat. It is to be hoped that the com- 
ing spring- and warm weather will work for the alleviation 
of the victims. 

We rejoice with the brethren of the various congrega- 
tions of the brotherhood in the gains they have made in 
their fields, and pray for a gracious outpouring of God's 
Spirit and grace upon His work and workers. 

In the words of Tiny Tim, "God bless us, everyone." 

DyoU Belote. 


It has been some time since a report of the work here 
has been sent in, so I will write a few lines about the 
work in Matteson. 

The word is preached and taught each Lord's day, and 
a mid-week Cottage prayer meeting is held as often as 
possible. As the seed is sown, some falls on good soil, 
some by the wayside, some on stony ground, and some 
among the thorns (Matthew 13). Just how much seed is 
falling on good soil is hai^d to say. We know many peo- 
ple have been helped spiritually, and the children are 
learning more about the Bible. Ecclesiastes 11:1 and other 
scriptures tell us the work will bear fruit. Many people 
are "almost persuaded" but as yet have not yielded to 
the Lord. 

While it is true Satan has given us several hard set- 
backs, God has honored the work and borne us through 
many a gale. 

This work has been the greatest blessing in Christian 
experience I have ever had. Although a difficult field, 
I have enjoyed it beyond words of expression. More scrip- 
ture has been revealed and has become real to me than I 
ever knew before. There are no longer any doubts in my 
mind about the truth of the inspired Word of God. I have 
heard and seen many pages of the Book flash into real 

action here. When we obey the Word of God to the ex 
tent of our best light, our faith becomes sight. 

While attendance has not been as high as we would lik( 
to see it, yet it is as good as you would expect in a fielc 
of this sort of work. Our average attendance for Sundaj 
School in 1950 was 24; for church — 17. The highest Was 
52 for the annual Christmas program which was in charge 
of Mrs. Pippen. On October 1st special Second Anniver^ 
sary services were held with thirty-five attending. Dr 
I. D. Bowman was our guest speaker. 

With only thirteen church members, I feel a year's av- 
erage attendance of 17 or 130% of membership is good 
In our Sunday School we had five children who only missec 
two Sundays in 1950, also one missed only three Sundays 
and one other only four Sundays. 

We have passed out eighteen Testaments, five Bibles 
one book and many tracts. Also through the courtesy ol 
Brother Riddle and the (Editor we have received quite a 
few copies of the Evangelist, which we have passed out. 

Sincere thanks to all for helping in this work. Espe- 
cially to the boys of the Boys' Brotherhood for the Bus, 
and to the Indiana District Mission Board for the pay- 
ments they are allowing for the work here. In this way 
the teaching, preaching and saving of precious souls goes 
on in this field of work. 

Yours in Christ, 
Fred Pippen, Sherwood, Michigan. 

In connection with the above report, Brother Pippen 
wishes to make the following announcement: 

"In appreciation for the help the church has extended 
to us here at Matteson in this mission work, I am happy 
to announce that I shall be glad to accept invitations for 
a number of engagements in various churches. Due to 
conditions here I must limit the service to surrounding! 
churches, those within .100 miles. If you have an open 
date, and care for this service, drop me a card. Address 
me as follows: Fred Pippen, Sherwood, Michigan. 

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}esus, The Good Shepherd 

Thomas Morgan Bard 

"I am the good Shephei'd," Jesus said, 
"I know my sheep by name, 

Everyone placing trust in me 
Knows from whence I came. 

My sheep, when e'er I call to them 

Rejoice to hear my voice; 
I am the Shepherd whom they love, 

I am their only choice. 

I have a Keeper for my sheep, 

Mine own are in his care, 
When I am absent fi-om their side 

This Keeper is always there. 

To me he opens wide heart's door, 

I enter no other way; 
I call each sheep by given name. 

Mine never from me stray." 

When he goes forth, his follow him, 
No other can take his place, 

Evils which would destroy each one 
He will for them erase. 

He leads them into what is good. 
Green pastures, clothing, drink; 

They in his care, or sheltering arms, 
Are never near danger's brink. 

When day is done, man's life on earth, 

He takes to self his sheep; 
He gathers into his loving arms 

Where they can go to sleep. 

The Keeper knows what is his will. 

No thief can enter there; 
His own will lie, content, so still. 

Safe in his watchful care. 

VOL. LXXIII, NO. 9 MARCH 3, 1951 

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Items of general Interest 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says that two 
beautiful non-tarnishing chromium plates to be used for 
the Communion Bread have been presented to the church 
by the girls of the 4H club of St. James. 

The Public Service Program of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society will be held in the St. James Church on Sun- 
day evening, March 18th. 

The Laymen recently met for the purpose of mothproof- 
ing the church carpet. 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks reports that Mr. 
and Mrs. T, A. Chappell recently presented a new lamp 
for the bottom of the church steps, where light is really 
needed. Also that the Pilot's Class gave the lead cable 
and a number of the men installed it. 


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as did the Israelites after they had crossed the sea; but 
it is submitting our lives unto His care and keeping, to 
he used as He sees fit. It is submerging one's self; the 
casting off of doubt; the exhibition of love as He would 
love; the changing of the emphases of our lives; the 
changing of our robes of filthy rags of unrighteousness, 
and putting on the righteousness of Christ; the,epting 
of the challenge to "strengthen thy brethren," and doing 

Think it over! 

Two Valentine parties w.ere held: one by the Christiai 
Endeavorers on Saturday night, February 10th, and th' 
other by the Youth Committee for the children on Frida; 
evening, F.ebruary 16th. 

Meyersdalei, Penna. The Annual W. M. S. Public Ser 
vice was held on Sunday morning, February 18th, witl 
Mrs. W. S. Benshoff bringing the special message, "Whei 
Faith Conquers." 

A brand new mixed voice quartet, which made Its ap 
pearance at a class meeting recently, made the initia 
church appearance when it sang at the Sunday Schoo 
hour on February 11th. We never know what talent wt 
have in our churches until it is given an opportunity t( 

Johnstown, Penna., Second. We note from the buUfitii 
of February 4th that Brother Le.atherman, Second Churcl 
pastor, and Brother Percy Miller, Berlin pastor, agaii 
held a meeting for our Waynesboro Brethren on Tuesda; 
evening, February 6th. 

The Tenth District Young People's Group held thei; 
meeting in the Second Church on Tuesday evening, Feb 
ruary 13th. 

We quote from the bulletin of February 4th: "The Lay 
men in their monthly meeting for February laid plan: 
for the sponsoring of four projects. The first was for 
local rally of men, with a carryin supper. The second wa! 
a Public Sei-vice one Sunday night. The third was to givi 
a sei-vice for the Raystown Brethren Church. The fourtl 
was to furnish paper towels for the rest rooms of ou: 
church. Anotlier project being kept in mind by these mei 
is to lend their labor in waterproofing the south wall o: 
our basement, by cementing it on the outside." 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Gi-umbling, says that era 
phasis is being laid on the necessity for individuals lay 
ing aside money for camp purposes. To this end a Cam] 
Treasurer for the Sunday School has been appointed. Hi 
becomes the "banker" for any amount the individual de 
cides to deposit., It looks like a very good plan and couk 
be copied with profit by many of our Sunday Schools. 

Dayton, Ohio. A letter from Brother Whetstone, enclos 

ing two of his announcing post cards and a fine 8V2 bj 

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The first response to our appeal for "Rags" for ou; 
press room came yesterday (February 20th) from Or; 
E. Jones of Clayton, Ohio. It was a box of very excel 
lent rags and surely filled a very definite need, for ou: 
supply of good wiping rags is getting extremely low, ant 
they are a real "must" in our work. Who vdll be the nex 
to send in a box or package of rags? Soft, buttonlesi 
rags are the best for our purposes. 

We wish to express our thanks for this first response 
to our recent appeal. Just pack them up, address then 
to The Brethren Publishing Company, 524 College Ave 
nue, Ashland, Ohio, and send them to us. You will bi- 
helping to fill a real need and at the same time naakt 
a saving to the Publishing' Company by saving them thi 
expense incurred when purchase must be made from ii 
commercial rag company. Keep 'em coming! 

i'EBRUAKY 24, 1951 


"When Thou Mrt Bonverted, Strengthen Thy TBrethren^ 

A FEW SUNDAYS AGO our pastor was speaking on 
[\ subject which had much to do with conversion. 

It set me to thinking! 

At one point what he said caused my mind to revert to 
I certain conversation which Jesus had with Peter. 

It was just prior to the arrest, false trial, and crucifix- 
on of Jesus. Because Peter was very close to the Lord, 
fesus wanted him to he a great force for Him after He 
lad gone to the cross and must leave these disciples here 
)n earth. He knew Peter far better than Peter knew him- 
«elf. He could see things in Peter that needed to be 
)rought out that he might become all that he should be. 
30 we find Jesus speaking rather sharply to Peter, yet 
vith a kindliness and love which only He could know. 

In Luke 22:31-34, we find Jesus looking down into the 
'ei-y depths of Peter's heart. He sees the sincerity there 
vhich is being overridden by fearf ulness ; He sees the 
lesire to serve, but mixed with that desire is a fear of 
lot being able to accomplish; He sees what Peter now 
s, but also what Peter is capable of becoming. Note His 
vords, Simon, Simon (the vacillating one), behold, Satan 
liath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat." 
(Note that He does not call him Peter, the rock.) "But I 
lave prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when 
chou art convierted strengthen thy brethren." 

Peter does not like this one bit, and seeks to justify 
himself by his forthcoming bold assertion. Listen to 
Afhat he says, "What do you mean. Lord? Haven't I been 
following you everywhere these past two and one-half 
years, letting my fishing business go? What do you mean 
when you say that I am not converted? Why I tell you 
[ am ready to go with you, even if you have to go to 
prison, and maybe, to death! Don't you know that?" 

I can see the Lord's kindly, compassionate look as He 
turns to Peter and, using the name He Himself said he 
should have. He says, "Yes, Peter, I know you feel that 
way now, but I tell you that the cock shall not crow 
this day, before thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest 
me." Is it any wonder, then, that ^vhen Peter, who had 
followed Jesus into the court where He was being tried, 
heai-d the crowing of the cock after his third denial, and 
noted the eyes of Jesus upon him, that he "remembered 
the word of the Lord, and went out and wept bitterly" 
for his cowardice? Is it any wonder that Jesus made 
him thrice acknowledge his love for Him before He sent 
him forth on his mission to "feed His sheep and lambs?" 
When he really was converted, he did "strengthen his 

Such ran my thoughts. Here the speaker said some- 
thing that drew my mind back to his thoughts. A girl 
vas converted and when asked what the change was at 

home, answered, "0, the things at home are just the same, 
but I am different!" 

My thoughts went searching again. 

We ask ouraelves, "Just what is conversion?" Conver- 
sion does not necessarily mean turning around, but rather 
it is choosing the right road and going forward with a 
new purpose. You know that is what Paul was caused to 
do. He started to Damascus, traveling what, to God, Was 
the wrong road. While it led to Damascus, yet it was not 
the kind of a road that God wanted him to travel. It Was 
at the "fork in the road" that the great light shone, that 
blinding light which closed his eyes upon the old road 
and led him forward upon the new. When Saul, not yet 
Paul, blinded to the world, asked the all-important ques- 
tion, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Jesus' an- 
swer was not, "Go back to Jerusalem and find yourself 
— become a convert to Christianity and go about preach- 
ing the doctrine." No — He said, "Go on into Damascus 
and there it will be told thee what thou must do." "Go 
ahead, Saul, on the road I have selected, and change your 
purposes and fit into my plan." He did! And that's real 

We hear much about "Going Back to the Bible," or 
"Going Back to Christ." I have always wondered just how 
many have ever really "gone foi-ward" to the full teach- 
ings of the Master as they are shown us in the Bible! 
There are times, of course, when we should pause to seek 
God's will. Sometimes God wants us to "go forward," and 
there are times when He wants us to "stand still." 

Recall, if you will, the scene at the shore of the Red 
Sea. Huddled against the very edge of the waters, was a 
fearful, hunted, almost-mob of the Israelites. The Egyp- 
tians were following all too closely to take them back 
into bondage, and their cry was against Moses, their 
leader. Why didn't he let them die in their homes or re- 
main in slavery, rather than to be slaughtered here at the 
water's edge. Then comes the command of the Lord, 
"Stand still, and see the glory of the Lord." It quieted 
them for the time, and they waited to see What would 
follow. God was preparing them for the next step. He 
was about to roll back the sea. As it is swept back by the 
mighty hand of God, He issues the next command to 
Moses, "Speak to the children of Israel that they go for- 
ward." And we read that they went across the bed of the 
sea dry shod, and that the waters of the sea closed in 
on the Egyptian hordes behind them. 

Did that really convert them to God? Subsequent his- 
tory would seem to say no. For conversion is not merely 
seeing what God can do — it is believing that He can do 
it and then when it is done to accept His plan and pur- 
pose for our livesj It is not rebelling against His ways, 
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/tad Ti/onU /l^^eii^ 

Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, President of Ashland College 


[Y TOPIC is a controversial one. Well-meaning Chris- 
tians have schooled themselves to look askance upon 
the minister or layman who dares advocate more than a 
mild official interest of the Church in world affairs or 
any other affairs, for that matter, involving social or po- 
litical activities. It is not meet, they insist, for the true 
follower of the Master to take an overly active interest in 
such mundane matters. It is even worse, they argue, for 
the Church, that separated body of Christ Himself, to be- 
smirch herself in the cozy mire of politics or to espouse 
a cause in the befuddled area of international politico — 
economic chicaneiy. These good folk would have the Church 
devote its attention to the sublime position of a spotless 
communion with God through 
Christ, thereby preparing herself 
for the glories of the promised 
marriage in the skies when she 
will become the bride of the 
Lamb. This lofty purpose will, 
they say, cause men to see the 
error of their ways and turn to 
Jesus as the Savior that He is. 
This proposition that the 
Church must divorce herself from 
.all relations with worldly things, 
political, social, or economic, may 
be interesting and even attrac- 
tive to some .escapists, but it is 
neither logical nor scriptural. The 
Church was created for Man by 
Jesus who laid aside His Godly 
heritage to establish it. Its sole 
purpose was and is to bring a 
saving knowledge of God to Man. 
The commission to the Church is 
to go into "all the world," to 

minister to "all" men, and to "feed" them as the shep- 
lierd would feed his sheep. There is no exclusiveness in 
Christianity, and there is no area of human activity tor 
evil, too "worldly," or too mercenary to be touched by 
it. The Church has no obligation to preserve herself or to 
guard those precious truths which she considers essen- 
tial, but she has a most solemn duty to bring the scrip- 
tural messages with all their implications to all men. 

Viewed in such a light, the mission of the Church be- 
comes dynamic. It vibrates with the life-blood of right- 
ousness because it is consumed by an eternal purpose 
Defeatism slinks away and the power which motivated 
Paul and the host of others who dared to speak out ir 
the world in a witnessing testimonial of service for Godly 
right becomes real. 

The world has always needed a dynamic fearless 
church which has the determination to probe the fester- 
ing sources of wickedness and to .expose corruption 
wherever it exists. Such a church was founded by Jesus 
and grew into a mighty revolutionai-y force which has 
succeeded in bringing in unbelievable progress in the ways 
of men. The i-ecord is clear foi 
all who care to read it, vastly im 
proved social mores, fair-dealing 
and considerate economic enter- 
prise, honesty and justice in po! 
itics, compassion and sacrifice ir 
matters humane, and great ad 
vances in the realm of the spirit, 
ual through art, music, and liter 

Yet, the picture is far from 
complete. Indeed, so much re 
mains to be done that tJiere are 
those who still despair of its pos- 
sibility and insist that we now 
turn to a new kind of asceticism 
.ajid seclude ourselves within thei 
spiritual confines of the church, 
letting the problems of the world 
to solve themselves or be solvec 
by divine interventions. 

Such a conclusion is just as 
wrong today as were the monas- 

MARCH 3, 1951 


tic teachings of a millennium ago. It ignores the pur- 
pose of the church and its mission throughout this Dis- 
pensation of Grace. The greatest mistake among Chris- 
tians today is the assumption that since evil is rampant 
n the world, it will necessarily ovei-whelm all efforts at 
jood and the best we can hope to accomplish is the pres- 
ervation of ourselves and our Christian posterity until 
the second advent of Jesus. The assumption is false be- 
ause, like the monastics of old, when the church embarks 
apon such a self-centered program, she betrays her mis- 
sion and loses the divine power she covets. Placed in a 
age, whether self constructed or otlierwise, Christianity 
vithers away and becomes impotent; put to work in the 
vorld it becomes a revolutionai-y force which captures 
.he imagination of men and drives them on to the highest 
deals. Men with hope become men with courage who 
ire soon led into the Steps of the Master. Honesty, jus- 
;iee, fairness, and peace are all within the grasp of an 
iggi'essive Christianity today as they were two thousand 
^ears ago. 

The Church is needed and is being called into world 
iffairs today. Christian people need to rehearse their 
;alling. It is not easy. It is a two-fold mission, both spir- 
tual and physical. One is quite impossible for man with- 
)ut the other. Christians have the eternal obligation of 

witnessing, not only in words, but also in deeds, and while 
the Lord tarries, this witness must include an active con- 
cern for the affairs of man. 

Many of the poor laws and practices now disapproved 
by the Church would not be there if a more positive dis- 
approval were shown. Most of the corrupt government 
need not be tolerated if the Church were united in its 
opposition to it. It is to the eternal discredit and shame 
nf church people that a United Nations Organization is 
well-nigh powerless in the world and that warfare is Btill 
uppermost in most minds as the most effective way of 
solving international disputes. 

My plea, then, is for more interest in world affairs on 
the part of the Church. May all Christians steep them- 
selves in the simple but enduring truths contained in 
God's Word. May they attune their lives spiritually by 
continuing devout and reverent prayer and ground their 
souls and minds in a firm faith in God and His promises. 
Then, may they look about and bestir themselves to the 
task before them, an unceasing battle with evil and cor- 
ruption wherever it is to be found in the world. In so 
doing, they will reopen the floodgates of divine power 
and the Church will become a new force in the world. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 



ans Crring Judgment 

H. A. Gossard 

T SHOULD NOT BE THOUGHT strange that man 

should adopt and hold attitudes regarding philosophies 
generally accepted as reasonable, though not fundamental. 
The serious thing is that, once accepted, they lead away 
from that which is better, with little inclination on the 
part of the disciple to make the sacrifice necessary to 
iffect the change. I have high respect for individuals 
that must be convinced; but greater respect and higher 
bope for those that can be convicted to the point of ac- 
cepting the fact that, no matter how reasonable human 
philosophies seem, and how appealing ideologies are, there 
are none that match or excel the standard of living that 
life which is guided and supported by God's Book of Rules. 

One need not search far in the beginning of the Church 
to discover there were men who thought they knew bet- 
ter than God and Christ. No need to go farther than the 
Apostles for examples. Of the Twelve, to mention no 
more, there are three that endeavored to set up their 
judgment against that which is divine. 

Not to be partial, let us consider Judas Iscariot. He 
followed men's schemes and ideas, and departed from the 
faith and from his Lord. Though he could have repented, 
he did not, but to end his grief, did that which ended 
in the loss of his soul. 

Peter, being over-impulsive, set up his judgment on 
several occasions against that divine judgment. Once, 

upon the institution and obsei-vance of the doctrine of 
washing of the saints' feet, whereupon, had he persisted 
in having his way, he would have lost his discipleship 
and fellowship with his Lord. On another occasion he, 
in a. measure, indicated that he considered Jesus' declara- 
tion of His crucifixion was unfounded, and gave his judg- 
ment as it would be impossible; and, in holding that 
stiff opinion, he really offended his Lord, and follo\ving 
Jesus' reproof of that position, the Lord emphatically 
stated the necessity of casting aside mere human con- 
ceptions and in their stead follow the divine example re- 
gardless of any required sacrifice. In this particular act 
Peter, according to Jesus' implication, became, as it would 
appear, unconverted and lured by satan towai'd the wrong 
path. Jesus, after warning him of satan's desire to re- 
move from him all that was godly, said that He had 
prayed for him that his faith fail not. Again, upon Peter's 
boasting of his steadfastness, Jesus told him of what 
would be his weakness in denying Him at just such a 
time in which Peter declared he would not. 

Another example of the weakness of human judgment 
is noticeable in the case of Thonxas. He, though an hon- 
est doubter, showed the white feather in doubting that 
Jesus was resurrected; even after being informed several 
times by Jesus that He would be and must be resurrected, 
and also after being told by his brethren who saw the Lord 



after the resurrection. Here again was one that held to 
his idea that the resurrection was improbable if not im- 
possible, but like Peter, he finally found his judgment 
had to give way to divine fact. 

In the case of Judas Iscariot, he lost his soul. 

In the case of Peter, he came near to losing fellow- 
ship and discipLeship. 

In the case of Thomas, had he not had the oppor- 
tunity of seeing his Lord after the resurrection, he, ac- 
cording to his own positive declaration, would have 
doubted that Jesus was resuiTeeted, which is to say, he 
would have continued to doubt Jesus' positive declaration 
that He must be raised the third day, and according to 
Jesus' words, believing that was essential to salvation 
and it is so stated in Romans 10:9. If Thomas really 
meant what he said and had not seen the Lord after the 
resurrection, he would have been in a very insecure po- 
sition because of his doubting and his erring judgment. 

Considering the foregoing all in all, it is insignifi- 
cant in comparison with that which is evident through- 
out the world of man's attitude in his insistence of hav- 
ing his way regardless of what God says. But that which 
is dangerously significant is that one's insistence in hav- 
ing his or her way can, if carried to the end, result in 
the loss of the soul; and too, how close on.e can come to 
losing his or her soul, yet not losing it, by submitting 
eventually to God's Will and Supreme Judgment. Too 
often we go so near the bi-ink that the momentum of our 
judgment carries us to the abyss. Let us take God's judg- 
ment and cast our way aside. This I pray in behalf of those 
professing Christianity and those who should. 

I am not a prophet, nor am I as observant as was 
Isaiah, and probably not as bold, but I will be bold enough 
to say the nations in their past and present confusion in- 
dicate a condition similar to that of which Isaiah spoke: 
Isaiah 53, but especially the 6th verse, "All we like sheep 
have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own 
way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us 
all." It is apparently strange here that even the prophet, 
in a sense of reading, included himself. There is no ques- 
tion of that having been true of many of the prophets 
of that day. 

I consider that godlessness then was similar to that of 
today, especially in nations today where godliness is pro- 
hibited by man-made ideologies. (But please note, I am 
not opposed to the evolution of human ideas so long as 
they do not conflict with the Divine plan); but nations 
seeking each other's blood, under the pretense of desiring 
world peace, cannot in any sense offer a reason for their 
procedure. I offer these questions for consideration: 

When God's program for the nations is cast aside and 
they who meet to talk peace, talk war, how, under such 
conditions, can peace even be hoped for? Should it be 
considered that such world conditions will exist before 
Divine Intervention ? If so, in the light of prophecy, who 
would doubt that such conditions are approaching, if not 
fully amved ? An intelligent lady of mature years asked, 
"Why does God not stop this war?" I answered, if it is 
His will that it continue, nobody can stop it. If we started 
against His will and contrary to His rule for our living, 
we must take the consequences of our disobedience. She 
said, "W-e-1-1 — ?" 

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By Mrsi. G. E. Drushal 

Tuesday, January 23. Couldn't get bus started for chil- 
dren up Leathei-wood. Papa and I started out to make calls 
and car balked too. Man called to try to get his little girl 
in school here. Place for little ones too crowded to suit 
him, and too late in year for entering to suit us. Received 
four boxes of clothing from Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

Thursday, January 25. Mixup in basketball schedule. 
Miss Dee phoned Highland we would be there tonight. Cai 
taken to garage this morning and could not be fixed until' 
late in the evening, Gordon staying at garage till it was' 
fixed. Old bus not in condition to make trip over Highland 
hill. We had to have truck at 4:30 to start to Rowdy foi 
prayer meeting. What would the boys do ? Would Gordon 
get back by five when boys had to start? Heavy snow 
falling; would this stop boys? Miss Dee and boys got to- 
gether for prayer. Gordon came soon; skies cleared; boys 
won game. Coming home Douglas said, "Hope no one for-' 
got to thank the Lord." Jerry replied, "I've sure been 
thanking Him." 

Saturday, January 27. Papa's knee not so well. Butchered 
first hog. Sent Year Book material to printers. Had to 
spend most of day in office, so Adah sent Etta Rose over 
from dorm to clean up the house for me. Boys went to 
Jackson to practice ball. They pay $1.50 each time they, 
use Jackson gym. Used to get it free till our boys began! 
to win. 

Sunday, January 28. Increased attendance here and at 
outposts. Papa has been preaching on Romans 12 and asked 
how many would memorize the chapter, as he will be sev- 
eral weeks on it yet. Five accepted Christ at Rowdy this 
afternoon. Adult Sunday School teacher there thinks it's 
too hard to teach class in middle room with classes going 
on in each of the corners. No one knows which teacher to 
listen to. Decided to pray for extra class rooms to be 

Monday, January 29. Made "head cheese" from pig's 
head butchered Satui-day. Served fried liver to faculty at 
regular Monday meeting. Four boxes of clothing from 
Anna Cashour from New Lebanon, Ohio, W. M. S. 

Tuesday, January 30. Three boys broke out with measles. 
Literary program tonight by High School. 

Thursday, February 1. Papa announced high tide ir 
creek; nearly four inches of rain during night, which' 
threatens flood. 

(Here follows hour by hour record of the flood). 

7:00 A. M. Ann Miller, daughter and niece, Riverside 
students who live half mile up creek, amved at dorm 
saying their house was being flooded. Big "slip" from hill 
came down in front of House of Cracks, closing our road. 
Arnett and Josephine Napier are moving out of House ol 
Cracks. Moving things out of dormitory basement. 

8:00 A. M. Water over large part of campus. Boys work- 
ing fast moving things out of schoolhouse basement. School ' 

MAECH 3, 1951 


)ell rang to assemble children too small to help, to keep 
hem quiet. Moving sewing machines and other things out 
if Home Ec. room. 

10:00 A. M. Temperature beginning to drop; rain turn- 
ng to snow which will slow up water. Water not quite 
iver high places in campus, nor in basement of pai'son- 
ige. Fires out in basements of girls' dormitory and Mey- 
:r's Hall. Gordon making paddles for boat. 

12:00 Noon. During lunch discovered Mr. Hall and Sher- 
vin on high stack of old gym lumber. Coming from Wheel- 
r Home to lunch in boat, boat had spi-ung a leak and 
hey had jumped on lumber. Water knee deep and swift. 
i-dah announced in dining room, now was chance for a 
)oy to be a hero. Douglas and Jerry jumped up, waded 
o boat, got Mr. Hall and Douglas carried Shei-win on his 
lack. Gordon waded in from bam where he had gone to 
hase cow out, as water was rising there. 

12 :30 P. M. Water beginning to pour in basement of our 
lome. See part of our panel fence going down in the tide. 

apa, Adah and Miss Jenkins caulked up boat in a hur- 
■y. Gordon rowed boys to Wheeler Home from lunch. 
Vater now so swift and swirling that no one but Gordon 
;an manage the boat. He is kept hustling as only a few 
:an get in at a time. Keeping Kenneth, Douglas and Jerry 
iit our house so Gordon will have help if we have to move 
lipstairs. Wheeler Home is high and dry, only building 
Wt bothered by water. Bickles moving from Meyer's Hall 
little room off chapel where there is a stove. Girls hov- 
iring around old kitchen coal range. 

4:00 P. M. Water at a standstill. 

5 :00 P.. M. Water rising again. Water over six feet deep 
iver parts of the campus; about two feet deep around 
lur house which is the highest place. Lacks two inches yet 
I'rom our kitchen floor. Campus not a placid lake, but 
■ushing river. 

6:00 P. M. Gordon just in from last boat trip for the 
light. Carried food up for boys' supper and took the girls 
ip who were afraid to stay down here. 

8:00 P. M. Water rising more slowly, but so near our 
iloor level that boys are lifting things up which ai-e near 
^oor. Papa's knee no worse tonight after all his hustling 
iround. Wheeler home warm and dry and full of boys and 
jirls and teachers. Water trapped a chicken near our 
louse; found it roosting on a chair upstairs. Pigs turned 
)ut of pen; w'ent up on cold hill. 

9:00 P. M. Water at standstill and lacks half an inch of 
3ur floor level, a couple of feet from floor of girls' dorm 
md all over Meyer's Hall. 

10:00 P. M. Water still at standstill and since it is snow- 
ing and not raining, there will be no more rise tonight. 
A.11 going to bed, but Papa will stand guard for a while. 
Kmes like this we wish we had an intercommunication 
system between dormitories, since we cannot get across to 
3ach other. 

Friday, February 2 — 3:00 A. M. Papa up to see how 
averything is. Water at standstill; 4 above zero. Went up- 
stairs to put more cover over three boys and Gordon. No 
way of finding out how those who slept at girls' dormi- 
tory are faring. 

8 :flO to 10 :00 A. M. Girls over here to keep warm. Thank- 
ful for new heating stove in our living room. Campus now 

like a placid lake, partly frozen over, but water receding. 

12:00 Noon. Lunch in cold dining room. 

1 :00 to 5 :00 P. M. Our house full of girls keeping warm. 
Some reading, some popping com (thanks to Bryan, Ohio, 
for the corn*, some curled up in chairs sleeping. 

5:00 P. M. Supper in cold dining room. Arrangements 
for the night are: Mrs. Gross and little Buddy will sleep 
on cots in kitchen and keep up fire, so potatoes and fniit 
brought up from basement will not freeze. Adah will 
bring small children over home here. Big girls to go to 
Wheeler Home where boys have doubled up and moved 
upstairs. Some teachers going up with girls, some staying 
in the dorm, even though cold — they say they can keep 
\N'ami in bed. 

Saturday, February 3 — 3:30 A. M. The thermometer 
stands at zero. Papa and Gorden up to see if water down 
enough to build fires. It was in girls' dorm, and they had 
things warm by getting up in time. Could not make fires 
in Meyer's Hall. 

Sunday, February 4. Could not make fire in Meyer's Hall 
which heats the chapel, so had Sunday School and church 
in dining room. Li spite of snow and icy roads, thirteen 
came out to Sunday School. That was thirteen more than 
we had expected. But with boarding students, we had a 
full room. Could not get to any Out-posts, as water had 
frozen over roads. No buses running. Have been carrying 
water from Log House since electric pump on hill stopped 
working. The only plumber in county could not come up, 
so Papa climbed the icy hill after church, and to his sur- 
piise fixed it, hardly knowing how he did it. He gives the 
Lord credit. Boys went up hill to get the pig which would 
not come down. Boys and pig slid down hill; they could 
not stand up. Glad they thought it fun. Ten children sick in 
girls' donnitory and five in Wheeler Home. Some with 
measles and some with sore throat. 

Monday, February 5. First mail since last Wednesday. 
Had school, even thought some could not get there be- 
cause of the mud. School rooms not cleai-ed of mud, but 
had school in dining room and reception room. 

A Thought for This V/ee\ 

B. F. Burkhart 

As a child, the story of Esau selling his birthright for 
a mess of pottage always seemed to me to be one of a 
very foolish person. But recently it occurred to me that 
many people today do much the same thing without be- 
ing fully aware of it. 

Tliere is the woman with everything that goes to make 
up gi-acious living. She has things that many of us long 
for all of our lives without attaining, but her strong de- 
sire to excell has cost her her birthright. She cheats and 
lies in competitive games with her friends; she constantly 
exaggerates to the extent that her word is held lightly — ■ 
her "standing" is low. She is sometimes laughed at and 
pitied. She has sold her birthright, that is, her righj, 
which everyone should have, to be respected, loved and 
honored. And what has she received? Merely that feeling 
of superiority that come when she "wins." 

Have you sold your birthright for a mess of pottage? 



Concerning The New College Chapel 

The Work Has Progressed From 
"lii The Ground Breaking 
Ceremonies on Thursday, Sep- 
tember 28, 1950, to the present 

ground level of the basement. 

4 4 

This picture 
shows how far 
the building 
has progressed. 

We are being continually asked as to the present 
directly across the street from the Publishing Houae, gi 

We are compelled to report that during the winter 
the unloading of several great truck loads of face brick, 
hauled in to bring the level of the ground all around the 
The cut shown above gives you a fairly good picture of 
door of the Publishing House. 

In conversation with Mr. William Forbes, the contr 
as the weather breaks and the ground settles sufficientl 
work will begin in real earnest. When this is possible we 
that is being made. 

Ashland has experienced one of the most severe win 
which we have had would have fallen all at one time, we 
five to six feet of those beautiful, feathery flakes — beau 
existence when he has to apply the snow shovel to it, or 
the weatherman's report this morning (February 20th) 
lot. Time will tell. 

We trust that in the not too distant future we will 
the street, and that we will be able to begin transcribing 

status of the Ashland College Chapel. This Chapel, being 
ves us a "Box Seat" in the "drama" of its construction, 
months there has been a long "intermission," except for 
and the occasional dumping of "filler" which is being 
Chapel to the grade of College Avenue and King Road, 
what we see when we look across the street from the front 

actor, a few weeks ago, he assured us that just as soon 
y that workmen can get around to an advantage, that the 
will again begin our day by day account of the progress 

tei-B in the memory of most Ashland citizens. If the snow 
feel that we would have been covered up with at least 
tiful when you see it falling, but the bane of anyone's 
seek to drive a car through it. But we are hopeful that 
will be a true one and that an early spring will be our 

be able to report the "Wheels of industi-y" turning across 
our day by day "Diary of the Chapel." — F. C. V. 

MARCH 3, 1951 


The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 

That means a Foreign Missionary Offering March 25 — 

for all Brethren 

PRAY FOR— Argentina 

1. Gerli — Reverend Jose Anton, Pastor 

2. Rosario — Reverend A. Zeche, Pastor and Superin- 
tendent of Missions in South America 

3. Colon — Reverend Pablo Espinoza, Pastor 

4. Villa Constitucion — Miss Louise Kugler, Pastor 

5. Cordoba — Reverend A. Andenmatten, Pastor 


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byler — Teaching in a Bible Insti- 
tute and giving practical help to Brethren students. 

Opening a church in Buenos Aires. 
June Byler — Now teaching in a Good-will Center — plan- 
ning to open a similar one in Buenos Aires in coop- 
eration with our new work to be opened there. 


Dr. C. F. Yoder — pioneer Brethren missionary now on 
retirement salary. Writing outlines, materials and 


Nigerian Lepers — Miss Veda Liskey, our nurse in this 

foreign CDissions 

It was a long way from the Jewish monopoly on the 
true religion of the Saviour's Gospel for all men. God so 
loved the world, that He sent His Son that whosoever be- 
lieveth might liave eternal life. The great commiS'Sion 
would send the Christians into all the world, to make dis- 
ciples of all nations. The Christian Jews had much to 
learn, but were willing to be taught. When persecution 
scattered them they witnessed faithfully. Antioch was the 
capital of Syria and a strategic center. Under the wise 
guidance of Barnabas a strong church was established in 
that city. 

The Antioch church was more concerned about the com- 
mands of Jesus than the traditions of the elders. They 
prayed that duty might be clear. The Holy Spirit marked 
the way. As the church fasted and prayed, the Holy Spirit 
knowing they were ready to obey, revealed the will of 
God. "Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work 
whereunto I have called them." The most brilliant and 
beloved men of the church were chosen. How could these 
men be spared? The Holy Spirit had spoken and His will 
must prevail. There was no hesitation. An impressive or- 

dination service was held, and Barnabas and Saul were 
soon on their way. Never has there been such a setting 
apart of chosen workers for chosen fields. 

These men were careful in selecting their field. The 
Island of Cyprus was the birthplace of Barnabas. No man 
can live as Barnabas without attracting attention. Others 
had great minds and impelling personalities; Barnabas 
had a big heai-t. In a great crisis he sacrificed his fortune 
for the welfare of the church. The people would be eager 
to hear him. Many of Saul's friend's from nearby Cilicia 
would also want to hear him. It is God's work. Man can- 
not plan it, camiot carry it on, cannot make it a success. 
To enter into and become a part of this work is, says Dr. 
Pierson, to come into our true orbit around the "Sun of 
the Universe." 

Foreign mission work was begun in Salamis. The Jews 
were numerous and there were many synagogues. In these 
churches the Gospel was preached by Barnabas and Saul. 
John Mark was with them. We are not told how long 
they stayed or of their success. Leaving Salamis they 
made a thorough canvass of the island. They visited 
many important cities and finally came to Paphos, a gov- 
ernment center on the western coast. The details of the 
journey are not recorded. Luke only touches the high 
spots. Tliey give us a picture of the faithful workers and 
their effective teaching. 

At Paphos the missionaries met with opposition. Here 
was won the first convert whose name is given. It was 
the Roman proconsul, Sergius Paulus. There was attached 
to the court a magician and pretended prophet, Elymas. 
The governor was a man of intelligence and desired to 
hear the message of Barnabas and Saul. "Elymas with- 
stood them." Of course he did. It was for his own profit 
that he tiied to stop the work. It was a sorry effort. 
Fighting against God is poor business. Divine power sus- 
tained the messengers. Saul pronounced upon him a tem- 
porary blindness that bai-ed his haughty pretentions. As 
the blinded pretender turned away the heart of the pro- 
consul was touclied and he believed. This remarkable con- 
version would be heralded in every direction and would be 
a great factor in strengthening Christianity on the island. 

TMs is one of many instances showing how God cares 
for His workers and supplements their work. It was the 
baptism of missionaries in facing opposition which al- 
ways appears from the world, the flesh and the devil. We 
cannot expect to go through life without trials. Those 
who bear Christ's Name must expect to bear the cross 
for His Name. The hill. Difficulty, must be climbed. While 
the world without and our nature within assail, we can 
depend upon Christ's promise of His presence and pro- 
tection. With Bunyan's Christian we can go forward, say- 

"Better, though difficult, the right way to go. 

Than the wrong, though easy, where the end is woe." 

And though there be lions in the way the Celestial 
City lies beyond. — Christian Herald. 



Going The Wrong Way -- Fast 

Almon Max Frankel boarded a plane at the LaGuardia 
Airport, New York City, under the impression that he 
was about to take off for Amsterdam. Nine hours later he 
awoke and found himself being landed at San Juan, Puerto 
Rico! He traveled fast all right — but he went in the wrong 

What a parable of the world today. True, we are living 
in a streamlined age; true, we are traveling fast! But — 
we are going away from God, rather than toward Him! 
We are traveling, as a nation, away from Christ and the 
Bible. Yes, we can fight a world war, and do it fast! But 
when it's all over, where have we gotten ourselves? The 
whole world is traveling fast down grade to ruin. 

In view of the world's need, and the desperate need of 
sinners all around us, we who are "saved and safe" should 
bestir ourselves with these words from William Booth: 
"Get up! Shake yourself! Act! Do something! Do it at 
once! Go on doing it! Do it with all your might! Do every- 
thing you can to make people know the truth about 
Heaven, hell, their own need, Christ and salvation." — 
Unknown — Selected. 

The Daily Cross 

Luike 9:18-26 

Our Lord never bribes His disciples by promising them 
ways of sunny ease. He does not buy them with illicit 
gold. He does not put the glittering crown upon the en- 
trance gate, and hide the cross behind the wall. No : on the 
very first stage of the sacred pilgrimage there falls "the 
shadow of the Cross." "Let him take up his cross daily, 
and follow Me." 

And yet, the Lord's blessing is hidden in the apparent 
curse In the act of bearing the cross we increase our 
strength. That is the heartening paradox of grace. Vir- 
tuous energies pass from our very burdens into our spirits 
and thus "out of the eater comes forth meat" We bravely 
shoulder our load, and lo ! a mystic breath visits the heart, 
and a strange facility attends our goings! The dead cross 
becomes a tree of life, and a secret vitality renews our 

How foolish, then, heart of mine, to avoid and evade 
thy cross! Refuse the burden, and thou declinest the 
strength! Ignore the duty, and thou shalt feel no inspira- 
tion! Carefully husband thy blood, and thou shalt remain 
forever anaemic! But lose thy life, and thou shalt find it! 
— Gospel Herald 

Courage to Stand for Convictions 

A distinguished Christian lady was recently spending a 
few weeks at a hotel at Long Branch, and an attempt 
was made to induce her to attend a dance, in order that 
the affair might have prestige bestowed by her presence, 
as she stood high in society She declined all the impor- 
tunities of her friends, and finally an honorable senator 

tried to persuade her to attend saying, "Miss B., this is 
quite a harmless affair, and we want to have the excep- 
tional honor of your presence." "Senator," said the lady, 
"I cannot do it. I am a Christian. I never do anything 
during my summer vacation, or wherever I go, that will 
injure the influence I have over the girls of my Sunday 
School class." The Senator bowed, and said, "I honor 
you; if there were more Christians like you, more men 
like myself would become Christians." — Gospel Herald. 

Spiritual riDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

"Ye are the salt of the earth." Matthew 5:13. 

NO DOUBT you have heard men say, when speaking 
of another, "Yes, he is a good man, but not very 
brilliant or clever." As if brilliance or cleverness were the 
only prerogatives to greatness. Somehow men seem un- 
able to connect goodness with greatness. In comparison 
to the characteristics which lead to worldly success, the 
world dismisses goodness as a minor virtue, with a pat- 
ronizing gesture. But our Lord did not make such an 
evaluation. He taught that faithfulness and trustworthi- 
ness are far more important than brilliance or cleverness. 

A consideration of the lives of Jesus and His earnest 
followers down through the ages will show that, beside 
spiritual qualities, nrere brilliance fades into insignifi- 
cance. No one thinks of characterizing Jesus as being 
clever or ingenious, nor yet will they attempt to classi- 
fy Him with any group noted for its intellectual qualifica- 

But we do delight to make mention of the goodness of 
our Master and Redeemer, the quality which di-ew men to 
Him whei-ever He went. It was this quality of goodness 
which drew those in want, those who wei-e ill, the down- 
trodden, the outcast, the malefactor, and all who sensed 
within themselves a lack of moral worth, to Him because 
His own perfect goodness made Him aware of other's 
need and stirred the compassion of His divine nature to 
bring relief to all who were thus afflicted. Even little 
children, whose very guilelessness makes them quick to 
detect hypocrisy, recognized that He was supremely good, 
and came to Him without hesitancy. 

The Chi-istian who puts goodness first, furnishes the 
essential and basic standard for measuring life, by which i 
all others will judge him and his life and profession. 

— Linwood, Maryland. 

■ II iwiiiOTgMrg^ B T nin " ■■TTr'^"'"'^r"T'"'^'^^^'^'?^ 

You don't have to be listed in "Who's Who" to know 
"What's What." 

"Not good IF DETACHED" is true of church members 
as well as railroad tickets. 

No smutty stories are told in heaven— or on the way 
to heaven. 

Be wholly for God, and God will be wholly for you. 

MARCH 3, 1951 


ground TBreaking For View flnnex fit Udell, Iowa 

Scene of the Ground Breaking 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 1951 marked an eventful oc- 
casion for the .Brethren Church at Udell, Iowa. It 
was a day to which the congregation had looked forward 
for some time. Though the day was cold and snowy, the 
"Ground-breaking" for the new Annex, a building which 
is to he 22 by 40 feet in size, was carried out to the full. 
The one disappointing feature was, of course, the cold 
weather which kept many of our people away. Two cam- 
eras were on hand and a number of pictures were taken 
of the different groups: the officers — eight people; the 
"man with the shovel"; Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Deeter; and 
Mother Campbell, one of the older members, etc. The one 
of the actual ground breaking is presented with this re- 

The following short "address" was given by the min- 
ister, as the assembled people stood round about. It was 
woven about the theme, "Little Churches, Like Lamps, Dot 
the Countryside of America." 

"Romantic history, untold hardships, and undying de- 
votion are all interwoven in the thousands of little churches 
that are scattered like tiny lamps over the broad expense 
of our land. 

"In fact, more religious history is associated with the 
really small churches in this broad, fertile land of ours, 
than you will find in the tall cathedrals and majestic 
structures lining the avenues of our big cities. These tiny 
white churches are in all parts of America. 

"In many of these locations you will find a plot fenced 
off, where aged white headstones gleam in the morning 
sun, and where, if you investigate further, some of the 
famous names of America have found their last resting 

"Tourists might wonder at some of the mighty cita- 
dels, but it is doubtful if any of these architectural won- 
ders has a spot so dear to the hearts of young and old 
alike, as some of the tiny places of worship. 

"Whether we travel east, west, north or south, the small 
churches stand out as living citadals of a gracious, God- 
fearing people. 

"Truly America can be proud of her little churches, 
and no doubt, under God, their future is assured. 

"They are an important part of the great religious free- 
dom we enjoy here in America." 

Following this short address. Prof. Lawrence Powell, 
our Superintendent and singer, offered a few closing re- 
marks, and the audience was dismissed. 

W. R. Deeter, Minister. 

The Church at Udell 

a^hich IDay? 

Which way — church of God? 

Before you stands the open door. 

The paths before you there are clear and plain; 

Which way — church of God? 

The way of ease awaits you here — 

In comfort, fellowship and quiet peace 

Will you wait here and find your joy in self and easel 

This is the way of death for you, 

Doubt not or be deceived. 

Or will you die? — when 

Christ with all the world doth 

Challenge you to life ? 

If you would live — then 

Listen to his call! — arise. 

Gird on your armor strong and sure, 

Fear not — face to the fight; 

Count not your effort or 

Your strength, but serve and labor; 

Love, and give with all your might. 

Which way — church of God? — Allen B. Stanger. 

The individual soul is not saved by the death of Christ 
upon the Cross, but by the personal acceptance and appro- 
priation of that death. 

There are no disappointments to those whose will is 
buried in the will of God. 




W. St, Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 

Used by permission." 

Topic for March 18, 1951 


Scripture: John 19:13-20; I Cor;. 1:17, 18 

For Tlie Leader 

SEVERAL THINGS are outstanding in the scriptures 
of the evening. Pilate saw in the Christ of the Jews 
something more than the Jews themselves saw. He saw 
the royal nature of Jesus. He saw that here was One who 
was truly their King, even though they knew it not. So 
it seems that in a last effort to save Jesus from His in- 
nocent fate, caused by the Jews, he called Jesus their 
King. He so inscribed the cross, in Latin, Hebrew and 
Greek. But the Jews in their fury and \vi-ath did not see 
the truth in the matter, and proceeded to insist on the 
crucifixion.. Another thing outstanding is that the cruci- 
fixion of Jesus on the cross is the power of God unto sal- 
vation. The cross, though outwardly brought to pass by 
the fury of the Jews, was a goal for Christ in His com- 
ing to earth. The cross of Christ was t'he turning point in 
history. It is still the turning point in the lives of all who 
will look on its Christ and believe. Let us be certain that 
the cross of Christ is in our sight through life. 


1. PALM SUNDAY'S GLORY. Where do you think 
Pilate was on Palm Sunday? Wlien Jesus made His tri- 
umphant ride into Jerusalem, Pilate was somewhere in 
the backgi'ound. Either by sight, or from the words of 
his associates, he knew of this event. And, as a gather- 
ing storm builds itself to a peak of power, so the events 
of Holy Week shaped themselves for the scene in Pilate's 
judgment hall. Such events as this week brought forth 
could not have escaped the observation of Pilate. While 
Pilate undoubtedly tried to escape these events, he found 
himself enmeshed in them. So, when Jesus stood before 
him, and Pilate had a chance to study Him face to face, 
Pilate knew there was more than mere man in the per- 
sonality of Jesus. Yes, Pilate knew that Jesus was the 
King of the Jews. How different would have been the 
life of Pilate had he not alone known, but could also have 
believed. Men still look on Jesus and know what He is. 
but they do not believe. 

of the cross; is it foolishness, or the power of God unto 
salvation? Depends on you! It is interesting to note some 
of the individuals who surrounded the cross, or had to do 
with the events of that period. All of these examples had 
to I'eckon with Jesus, accepting Him, or rejecting Him. 
On the negative side were Pilate and his acknowledgment 
of Jesus but his refusal to accept and believe; Judas who 
did love the Lord but who was victimized by his sinful 
passion; the Pharisees who forced the crucifixion; and 
lastly, the thief on the cross that blasphemed and died 

in his sin. Contrast on the positive side, then. The Roman 
centurion who cried a confession of Christ when he said, 
"Truly this was the Son of God"; John, the beloved dis- 
ciple, typical of those disciples who believed yet were 
fearful; Peter, the one who derued his Lord, yet came 
back with tears of repentance, and the dying thief with 
no hope of his own yet who cast all his hope on Christ 
and was saved. These all reckoned with the cross, its work 
and message, either to salvation or to eternal loss. On 
which side of the picture are we tonight? What are we 
doing with Jesus? 

3. IT CAN'T BE AVOIDED. No matter how hard Pilate 
tried to avoid the issue, he still had to face a decision 
with Christ. The thieves on the crosses had to accept or 
reject Christ. And so did the Jews of His day. And bo 
has mankind ever since. In the middle of the highway of 
life stands this cross of Christ. We must face it. A de- 
cision must be made concerning it. To the sinful, the scof- 
fers and the pleasure-mad throng of today, the preach- 
ing of the gospel, yes, of the cross, is foolishness. We 
need only to talk with sincere gospel preachers today to 
learn how unpopular the preaching of the cross is to most 
people. A preiicher can get up and win many to a pro- 
fession of church membership and to an acceptance of 
the ideals of Christ. And many do just that sort of thing. 
They are popular, and stand high in the minds of men. 
We cannot cally this true repentance, though, for in their 
preaching there is no ciTicified, bleeding Son of God giv- 
ing His life for lost men. But, the cross! to them which 
believe, it is the power of God unto salvation. So, when 
confronted with the cross, where do you stand? in the 
life of believers, or in the line of scoffers? JBetter decide 
for eternal destiny depends on your decision. 

ple, what does the cross mean to you? Is there somewhere 
in the back of your mind the thought that Jesus died on 
it, and thus the cross is put on our church steeples, in 
our churches, and around our necks ? Have you been 
taught that it represented a man who died for an ideal ? 
Does it bring to your mind the thought of something to 
be borne as a heavy burden ? You should ask yourself 
this question tonight. Christ's cross is God's road to sal- 
vation eternally. Thereon Jesus, the Lamb of God laid 
dowm of His own accord His life. He died of a broken 
heart that you and all others who believe in Him "might 
not perish, but have everlasting life." Wlien Christ's 
gi'eat heart of love was broken because of sin, it was 
your sin and the sins of all men that caused it. When the 
blood flowed forth it was the blood that was acceptable 
as sin's atonement in the sight of God. There was none 
other good enough to pay the price of sin; He only could 
unlock the gate of heaven and let us in. So, the cross 
then becomes to us the key to salvation. We must believe 
that His blood covers our sin. If we do, then the preach- 
ing of the cross is to us the power of God unto salvation. 
If we do not believe His blood is necessary to our salva- 
tion, then the preaching of the cross is to you who per- 
ish, foolishness. 

5. FINALLY. There are a lot of preachers, young peo- 
ple, who would be afraid to preach that the Blood of 
Christ must be accepted as a covering for our sin. They 
would rather have the acclaim and popularity of men by 

MARCH 3, 1951 


preaching a soothing syrup religion of church member- 
ship, adherence to the ideals of Christ, or following works 
for salvation. When you see that cross, remember that in 
order to have eternal life we must plunge ourselves into 
its crimson flow, and, with the blood of the Son of God, 
be washed free from sin. Then we must live victoriously 
in Him, for Him, serving faithfully always. 

Vmyer Tl^leeting 

y G. T. ^ilnief 


Near the dawn Mary went. 

Grief-led to serve the dead; 
Though the miracle seemed spent, 

Yfi stricken know why Mary went. 

Through the dawn Simon came. 

For him the mock of distant cock 
Coiled anew a lash of flame; 

Ye faithluess know why Simon came. 

Down the dawn angels sped, 

Radiant flight out-winging light. 
"Christ lives," they sang, "He that was dead." 

Ye deathless know why angels sped. 

— Miriam LeFevi-e Crouse. 

THE WORLD-SHAKING and world-shaping occurrence 
of all time was the resurrection of Jesus Christ from 
the dead. It was attested by angels (Matt. 28:5-7; Luke 24: 
4-7, 23), by the Apostles (Acts 1:22; 2:32; 3:15; 4:33), 
and by His enemies (Matt. 28:11-15). It was asserted and 
preached by the Apostles (Acts 25:19; 26:23). To the world 
at large "every good and perfect gift" of civilization is a 
by-product of the Gospel of the living Lord. Had there been 
no resuiT.ection of Christ there would have been no Church 
(I Cor. 15:14, 17-19). 

It is astonishing that although our Lord's resurrection 
was foretold by the prophets (Psalm 16:10; Isa. 26:19) 
and by our Lord Himself (Mark 9:9; John 2:19-22), the 
Apostles did not at first understand the predictions (Mark 
9:10; John 20:9), and they were very slow to believe 
(Mark 16:13; Luke 24:9, 11, 37, 38), and were reproved 
for their unbelief (Mark 16:14). For the "gibraltar of the 
Christain faith and the Waterloo of infidelity" the resur- 
rection was the best attested fact in evangelical record. 
It occurred on the first day of the week (Mark 16:9), and 
on the third day after His death (Luke 24:46; Acts 10:40; 
1 Cor. 15:4). Fraud was an impossibility (Matt. 27:63-66). 
The resurrected Christ gave many infallible proofs of His 
resurrection as a fact (Luke 24:35, 39, 43; John 20:20, 27; 
Acts 1:3). 

The resurrection of Christ is the central message and 
motive power of the church. It is necessary to the forgive- 
ness of sins (1 Cor. 15:17), justification (Rom. 4:25; 8: 
84), hope (1 Cor. 15:19), and the deity of Christ (Psalm 

2:7; Acts 13:33; Rom. 1:4). The heritage of the church is 
not a defeated Christ, still hanging upon a cross where 
He died for sin with all its shame, but a risen Saviour 
(John 14:19). Now as the church militant we toil, suffer 
and sacrifice (2 Cor. 6: 9, 10) with confidence (1 Cor. 15: 
58), and shall be the Church triumphant (Eph. 5:27). 

How like the grace of God, Christ made His first post- 
resurrection appearance unto Mary Magdalene (Mark 16: 
9; John 20:18) — a woman who bore the designation, "Mary 
Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils." "Seven" indi- 
cates that she had been a great sinner of the lowest de- 
pravity. But she went all the way with the Lord when she 
was redeemed. Her grief at the tomb was wrong because 
it was the result of unbelief (John 20:11). But the tone 
of her Lord's voice brought her to ecstacy of gladness 
(John 20:16), and He gave her a commission, "go and tell" 
(V. 17). 

The Peter who had made the great confession and rash 
promises was disappointing in performances (Mark 8:27- 
30; John 13:37, 38). After the crucifixion Peter was suf- 
fering from sorrow, unbelief and a gnawing conviction of 
sin. But the Jesus Who had prayed for him (Luke 22:31) 
arranged to be "seen of Cephas" in person after His res- 
urrection (Luke 24:34). Our Lord's appearance to the seven 
at the Sea of Galilee was obviously to restore erring Peter 
(John 21:15-23). 

He Who removed the bittei- grief of Mary, the doubts 
of Thomas (John 20:24-29), the pex-'sonal sin of Peter, stands 
ready as the risen Christ to meet our own personal needs. 
Has He met them ? If not, there can be no Easter in our 
hearts ! You may prove to your own satisfaction that Jesus 
is alive by letting Him supply every need of your heart 
and life, by acknowledging Him as your Lord and your 

Gomments on the Lesson hif the Editor 

Lesson for March 18, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 14:22-26, 32-36 

WE COME to the closing events in the earthly life 
of Jesus. The details as recoi-ded by Mark are 
simple, short and sharp. In this 14th chapter he deals 
with the conspiracy against Jesus; the perfidy of Judas; 
the teaching at the "Last Supper" table, with the insti- 
tution of the three-fold communion; Jesus' agony in the 
garden; the act of betrayal of Judas, and the denial of 
Peter — sufficient material for a great number of studies. 

To round out our lesson properly it will be necessary 
to consult the parallel passages in the other gospels in 
order to fill in the parts that Mark hurries over. (See 
Matt. 26:1-75; Luke 22:1-62 and John 13:1— -18:18). 

Let us set the scene. It is strange to the disciples, but 



it is going accoi'ding to God's plan. We read in Galatians 
4:4 and 5, "When the fulness of time was come, God 
sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the 
law, to redeem them that were under the law, that they 
might receive the adoption of sons." Then in John 21:23 
we find Jesus saying, "The hour is come, that the Son of 
Man should be glorified." Then in 12 :32 and 33, "And I, if 
I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 
This he said, signifying the death he should die." There- 
fore, we can safely conclude that this to which He was 
now going was not something which was just then re- 
vealed unto Him. 

Consequently we should not be startled when we read 
that Jesus plainly states as He goes along that He must 
die for the sins of mankind. 

How grave are the words of Jesus as they come to us 
in the opening words of John 13, with which we, as 
Brethren, are so familiar. John, together with the other 
disciples does not catch the full significance of the scene 
that night at the table. But after he had witnessed the 
crucifi.xion and the resurrection, and had "seen with his 
eyes, and handled with his hands. The Word of Life," he 
was able to write in the gospel which he recorded, "Now 
before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that 
his hour was come that he should depart out of this world 
unto the Father . . . and knowing that the Father had 
given all things into his hands, and that he was come 
from God, and went to God ..." This told the story of 
the assurance of whatever Jesus did, was done with a 
knowledge that was perfect, and on authority that was 

It is really the scene in the upper room that we look 
at first this morning. Again we note that Mark is inter- 
ested in the bearing the Cup and the Bread has on the 
sacrifice that Jesus made as He went to the cross. In his 
usual terse manner, he seeks to show what Jesus desires 
His disciples to do to keep in mind that His blood was 
to be shed and His body broken for us. He is more in- 
terested in showing how Jesus faces His death than he is 
in the details of the supper. Consequently he goes im- 
mediately from the upper room scene to the Garden of 
Geth^emane where Jesus goes to pray for strength to 
meet the coming ordeal of the cross. He do,es not go into 
detail and tell all about the prayer, thrice uttered, but 
seeks to bring out the conclusion of the matter by show- 
ing that, while Jesus in His earthly frame asked that He 
might escape the cross if it could be made possible, yet, 
knowing that "for this cause" He came into the world, 
was willing to commit Himself unto the will of the Fa- 
ther and utters the words which should be on the lips 
of each and evei-y one of His followers at all times, "Not 
what I will, but what thou wilt." 

That when Jesus left this earth He was sure that the 
disciples needed something which they could "do" that 
would remind them of Him, is evidenced by the institut- 
ing of what we now call the Love Feast and Holy Com- 
munion. The words which Jesus speaks, as recorded by 
the other! gospel writers, "as oft as ye eat of this bread 
and drink of this cup ye do show forth the Lord's death 
till he come," are a sufficient evidence that He wants us 
to think often of the death which He died for our sins, 
and to be a constant reminder that He is coming again 

some day to take us unto Himself, as He said, "that 
where I am, there ye may be also." 

As we, as Brethren, commune, as many of us shall 
during this Holy Week, it will be well to remember His 
teachings and His concern over His disciples, and that 
He did shed His blood and that it flowed from His broken 
heart for us. We will never be called upon to face death 
as He faced it, for we cannot die to make atonement for 
man's sins; but we could be called upon to die for Him. 
How would we face such a death? 

Let us remember that the will of God was the will of 
Jesus at all times. His human body rebelled, but His soul 
remained constant. If we would follow Him to glory, we 
must be willing to follow Him through Gethseraane. 



The latchstring is out at the First Brethren Manse 
in Lanark, Illinois. Rev. and Mrs. J. D. Hamel have ar- 
rived and are happily settled. Callers there note the wai-m 
cordiality of the minister and his wife, as well as the: 
fresh smell of wax and polish. It's good to know we have 
a pastor living there again. 

In spite of a great deal of snow and very icy roads, 
church activities go on much as usual, so that the Hamels 
are plunged immediately into a rush of classmeetings, 
etc. Besides attending these functions, conducting the 
Bible Study Hour on Thursday evenings, and directing 
the choir, they have begun a systematic method of calling 
on folks. May they find a welcome as warm as their own 
hearts everywhere they go! 

The church here, however, has suffered a loss in the 
passing of Oscar Tallman, long a faithful member who 
served as a teacher, senior deacon, member of pulpit com- 
mittee, and in countless other ways. His sudden death 
came as a shock to his family, his church and the com- 
munity. We console the family with assurance that hiS' 
time here was well spent and that peace is promised toi 
all such. 

A basket dinner and reception honoring the new pas- 
tor and his wife is scheduled for Sunday, Febi-uary 18. 
A program will take place and all members and friends 
of the church are invited. 

Following is a note of appreciation contributed by Rev. 
Hamel and his wife concerning the work done at the par- 

"The church has done many things for us. They 
have fixed us a new home here. The rooms have new 
hardwood floors, a completely new bathroom has 
been made, including new tub, lavatory, and porce- 
lain walls. We have inlaid linoleum on the bath- 

MARCH 3, 1951 


room, kitchen, and dining room floors. The rooms of 
the house have new wallpaper. In the kitchen, all old 
cupboards were taken out, a new window cut to the 
west and a sink installed there with porcelain cabi- 
nets arranged around it. Another TOndow to the south 
was shortened, and white tileboard put around the 
walls, all of which makes the kitchen quite modem. 

"The choir rented a locker for a year in our name, 
and the church people have filled it to the top with 
wonderful frozen foods of all kinds. 

"One of the members gave us a subscription to the 
weekly newspaper; another bought us a linoleum rug 
for the study. Others brought us plants, cookies, and 
pies. Our coal bin is well supplied, and the water rent 
is paid up till after the month of May. The two 
Wonxan's Missionary Societies have furnished us a 
beautiful bedroom for our guests, and the upstairs 
windows all have curtains provided by the church. 

"These people certainly have been very generous 
to us as we enter our new work together, and we 
are praying that we shall be worthy of their efforts. 

J. D. Hamel and Jean." 
,By Mrs. Willard Rahn, Church Cor. Sec'y. 


Greetings from the Akron Cooperative Brethren Church. 
Slowly, but surely this church is progressing. Many tests 
and trials beset us, but that is only an indication that 
lthe enemy of soul.s is around. Much has been accompli.^hed 
but more always remains. As long as unsaved men inhabit 

F'this earth and Jesus tarries His coming, there is work to 

Recently three young people reconsecrated their lives 
to Christ; one not only reconsecrating his life, but dedi- 
cating himself to the Christian ministry. A few others 
have been growing in their Christian experience. This is 
encouraging. Organic growth without spiritual growth 
only brings disaster. 

Much has been accomplished in a material way here 
in the last few years by this small but gi'owing congre- 
gation. But a great deal more remains to be done as it 
is possible to do it. An indebtedness on the parsonage is 
being defrayed at the present time. 

Mid-week prayer and Bible study and Sunday evening 
evangelistic services have been consistently conducted and 
fairly well attended. The young people's Christian En- 
deavor has been a problem, but practically everyone who 
has attended regularly has been richly deepened in their 
spiritual life. 

Several guest speakers have be,en with us during the 
past year, either in regular or special services. Among 
them were the late Dr. C. A. Bame, Bud Hunter, Paul 
Billheimer, C. A. Stewart, Gerhardt Weiser, Lawrence 
Shultz, and other local speakers. Several brought pic- 
tures of various mission fields. 

At this writing we are expecting the Rev. Leonard 
Custer of the Church of the Brethren to be with us from 
Febi-uary 26th through March 11th, in a revival effort. 

This is the second appearance of Rev. Custer, he having 
held a fine meeting for us two years ago. 

Brethren, we desire an interest in your prayers, that 
the number of Christians be increased and that we all 
remain faithful and fi-uitful until His return. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, pastor. 

Itemfi of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

11 two-color folder advertising the Wednesday evening 
Services of Evangelism and Bible Study, came to our 
desk recently. He says that the interest continues to grow 
and that attendance is good. The folder also calls atten- 
tion to the other services of the church. It is a fine bit 
of advertising. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John Byler reports that three 
recently have been added to the church, two by transfer 
and baptism and one by first time confession and baptism. 

Brother Byler was the devotional speaker over radio 
station WCMW of Canton during the week of Febraary 

Akron, Indiana, 

Paul Dean Tinkel, 
dedicated himself 
ior in the Akron 
and school work, 
crated their lives 

Cooperative Brethren Church. Recently 
son of Rev. and Mrs. Arthur H. Tinkel, 
to the Christian ministry. He is a sen- 
High School and active in both church 
Two other young people also reconse- 
at the same time. 

Flora, Indiana. Brother Stewart, recently installed as 
pastor of the Flora Church, says that a fine reception was 
tendered the new pastor and wife and that many gifts 
were received. Their hearts were saddened by the passing 
of Mrs. Stewart's father. Dr. Willard Price of Nappanee, 
Indiana, who died after an extended illness. 

We leam from Brother Stewart's bulletin that Mi's. 
Lowman, a resident of the Brethren's Home at Flora, who 
had broken her arm a couple of weeks ago, again fell 
and broke her leg. We are very sorry to learn of this. 

Milledgeville, Illinois^ We note from Brother White's 
bulletin that the average attendance at Sunday School for 
the last quarter of 1950 was 171, with an average of- 
fering of $36.58. Brother White, commenting on this, says, 
"With the type of winter we have been having and the 
number of cases of measles, mumps and chicken pox, to- 
gether with colds and old man grippe, we consider this 
very good." 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentle reports that 
because of the weather conditions that it was impossible 
for the Royers, the missionaries who were to be gruest 
speakers, to be present for their engagement and were 
compelled to postpone their appearance in the Waterloo 
church until March 4th. 

The Waterloo Choir believes in combining business and 
pleasure. They met on February 21st at 6:30 P. M. for 
a pot-luck supper. Wonder if they were able to practice 
afterward ! 

The church is a workshop for wide-awake Christians, 
not a dormitory for sleeping ones. 




TALLMAN. Brother Oscar Tallman, son of John and 
Sarah Talhixan, passed from this life to be with his Lord 
on February 8, 1951. Born November 12, 1876, in Car- 
roll County, Illinois, he had reached the age of 74 years 
2 months and 27 days. On February 25, 1900 he was 
united in marriage to Anna Dambraan who survives him. 
He is also survived by four childien: three sons, Russell, 
Emory and Harry; one daughter, Mrs. Marian Hartman; 
also four sisters and two brothers. A member of the 
Lanark, Illinois Brethren Church, he was senior deacon, 
a Sunday School teacher for over thirty years, and sang 
in the choir for many years. His passing is a great loss 
to the church. 

J. D. Hamel, pastor. 

BREWER. Mrs. William (Nancy) Brewer passed away 
on December 24, 1950, after an illness of seven years, 
at the age of 81 years. "Grandma" .Brewer was a char- 
ter member of the Center Chapel, Indiana, Brethren 
Church. The writer held his first pastorate at this church. 
A few years ago he was called to administer the rite of 
anointing to her during a critical illness, and God gra- 
ciously answered. She passed away at the home of her 
grandson, Herman Cole. Funeral held at Wabash with 
burial in nearby cemetery, with services by the under- 

Arthur H. Tinkel. 

PORTE. Rev. John W. Porte died Sunday evening, 
Febraary 4, 1951, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. 
C. .Bernheisel at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He had at- 
tained more than 89 years of life at the time of his death. 

He was a lifelong resident of Hunterdon county. New 
Jersey. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1905 
and served the Sergeantsville and Calvary Brethren 
for a number of years. His life was dedicated to the ser- 
vice of his Lord since he was a boy of about 14 years of 
age, when he became a member of the church, and he 
served in various capacities during the years. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Fowler Porte; 
two sons, Robert F. and William S. Porte; Two daughters, 
Mrs. Emmert R. Wilson and Mrs. N. C. Bernheisel; eight 
grandchildren and 15 gi-eat grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted at the Sergeantsville 
Brethren Church on Wednesday, February 7, 1951, with 
Rev. George Landis, officiating. Interment was made at 
the Prospect Hill Cemetery at Flemington, New Jersey. 

A "Red Sea" often rolls between our sorrows and our 

There was a time when we were not but there will 
never; be a time wPien we are not. 

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GEARHART-HOLLOWAY. Gerald G.earhart and Ar- 
lene HoUoway were united in marriage on April 7, 1950, 
in a quiet but impressive ceremony at the Akron, Indiana, 
Cooperative Brethren Parsonage. Mrs. Gearhart is a mem- 
ber of this church. Ceremony by the undersigned, the pas- 

TINKEY-HOLLOWAY. Norman Tinkey and Rozella 
Holloway were united in marriage at the Akron, Indiana, 
Cooperative Brethren Church on September 2, 1950, the 
ceremony being read by the undersigned in the presence 
of a host of friends and relatives.! Mrs. Tinkey is a mem- 
ber of the local church. 

MFREDITH-DICKEY. Vernon Meredith and Marcella 
Dickey were united in marriage at the parsonage of the 
Akron, Indiana, Cooperative Brethren Church, of which 
they are both members, on November 4, 1950. Ceremony 
by the undersigned. 

Arthur H. Tinkel. 

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Items of general Interest 

Masontown, Penna. Brother William Keeling announces 
that their revival has closed and that it was profitable in 
that souls vs'.ere saved. Many did not miss a single ser- 
vice. He reports that there were nine conversions and 
that he had the privilege of baptizing fifteen. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Alvin Grumbling reports 
that the Pittsburgh congi-egation is expecting to enter- 
tain the Ashland College A Cappella Choir on Sunday 
evening, Api-il 1st. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Elmer 
Keck says that there were twenty-two present at their 
recent Valentine party which was held at the parsonage. 

We note fix)m Brother Keek's bulletin that Rev. Sam- 
uel Buzard, a former pastor of the North Vandergrift 
Church, passed away on February 15th. 

Fairhaven, Ohio. We learn that Brother Lyle Lichten- 
berger has been called to be the "student" pastor of the 
Fairhaven, Ohio, Brethren Church. He takes the place 
which was vacated by Brother J. D. Hamel, who is now 
the pastor of the Lanark, Illinois, Brethren Church. 
Brother Lichtenberger is well known over the Brother- 
hood for his connection with the Ambassador Quartet. It 
vrill be rtemembered that he was recently united in mar- 
riage to Miss Lavonne Maust. They reside on Grant Street 
in Ashland. 

Canton, Ohio. We are informed that Brother Clarence 
Stogsdill, who is at present student pastor of the Gret- 
na, Ohio, Brethren Church, has accepted the pastorate 
of the Canton Trinity Brethren Church, same to be ef- 


fective on September 2nd. We understand that Brother 
Edwin Boardman, who has been acting pastor since 
Brother Beekley went to the Warsaw Church, vrill con- 
tinue in that capacity until the time when Brother Stogs- 
dill will assume the work in September. 

Ashland, Ohioi Park Street. On Sunday evening, Feb- 
ruary 25th, Mrs. H. G. Dotson, faithful church organist, 
presented a half-hour of request organ numbers as a part 
of the evening service, previous to the bringing of the 
message by the pastor. Brother Rowsey. 

Mid-week services continue to hold up well despite the 
great number who have been kept home by the bad weath- 
er and much sickness. The four Wednesday evening 
groups — Adult, College, High School and Children — still 
continue to function well. 

Brother E. M. Riddle closed a two week meeting at the 
mission point of the Park Street Church — The Garber 
Memorial Brethren Church in northeastern Ashland — on 
Sunday evening, February 25th. There were some good 
results which will he reported later when the meeting is 
recorded in full. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. We learn that the New Lebanon 
Church has planned an evangelistic campaign which will 
begin March 5th and close March 18th, with Brother 
Percy C. Miller, pastor of our Berlin, Pennsylvania, 
Church as evangelist. They have also secured the services 
of Brother Dennis Snel! as song director for the meet- 

Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Hillcrest W. M. S. held an 
all-day meeting at the church on Thursday, March 1st, 
beginning at 10:00 o'clock. A covered-dish dinner was 
served at the noon hour and in the afternoon the mis- 
sion study book was reviewed by Mrs. S. M. Whetstone. 

Brother Granville W. Bi-umbaugh of the Dayton Hill- 
crest Church was honored at the Father and Son Banquet 
on Thursday evening, February 22nd. Brother Whetstone 
says, "A Citation was given Mr. Brumbaugh for his long 
years of service as a Christian. The plan now is to con- 
fer honor each year upon some outstanding Christian in 
the Church." 

Warsaw, Indiana. Some way the lEditor must have had 
on a pair of "magnifying" glasses, according to Brother 
E. J. Beekley, for he says, "I sure wish it were true that 
our Boys' .Brotherhood was raising the sum of $750.00 
for the Brethren Youth Chapel Fund, but sorry to say 
they are not. This report must belong to some other 
group, so I hope you find the right party and give them 
the credit they deserve for this noble venture." The ed- 
itor now asks the all-important question, "To whom did 
we fail to give proper credit? Or did we just 'dream' 

Brother Beekley says that at present he is "teaching a 
very detailed and slow moving class course to a large 
group of young man'ied people — nothing but Church his- 
tory, Brethren history and doctrine, plus our state and 
national organizations, plus makeup and function of our 
Boards, etc. ... It is the best class I have ever taught 
and they are full of questions, and eager to know more 
about all of our church.'' He also says that he now has 
his study in the church. 

(Continued on page 14) 

MARCH 10, 1951 


My Resurrection Hope 

Rev. Percy C. MlUer 

AS A BASIS for the message let us look to several 
portions of Sci-ipture. In John 11:25, 26 we find 
Christ saying, "He that believeth in me, though he were 
dead, yet shall he live: I am the resurrection: And who- 
soever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." In 
Matt. 28:7, "go quickly and tell." In I Cor. 15:20, "But 
now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first- 
fi-uits of them that slept." 

It is said that the Romans had a practice of lighting 
up their tombs. In the tomb of Tullia, Cicero's daughtei-, 
when opened, a lamp was found. These lamps could illu- 
minate the catacombs only for a day, and that with a 
glimmering light, whose rays were confined to the walls 
of the catacombs. But the light Christ sheds upon the 
grave falls upon the vista of eternity, and you can see, 
at this glad Eastertide, immortality beyond. What a 
blessed hope this is! 

We all want to live. The thought of death itself is 
dreadful. Not merely the fact of dying, but the separa- 
tions, which of necessity are involved, make us all shrink 
from it. But Christ said, "He that believeth in me, though 
he were dead, yet shall he live." The Easter hope is a 
hope of immortality, of a blessed life fonevermore. It is 
also a hope of seeing and being with Jesus. Can we grasp 
it? Here in this life we talk about Jesus, nead about Him, 
sing about Him, but go on and on and never see Him. 
But there, when our Easter hope is realized, we shall 
seie Him face to face. We shall be like Him, dwell in His 
presence and never again be out of His sight. No wonder 
Christians sing so joyously: 

"Some day the silver cord will break. 
And I no more as now shall sing; 

But, O, the joy when I shall wake 
Within the palace of the King, 

And I shall see Him face to face, 

And tell the story — Saved by grace." 

The Easter hope is also a hope of meeting our loved 
ones gone before. If He is immortal, and they are immor- 
tal, and we are immortal, then when we come to be with 

Him we shall be with them too, with our loved ones gone 

To be immortal means to live forever. Man, as he now 
is, is mortal as to his body. He is subject to suffering, 
decay and death. As to his spirit, or soul, he is immortal; 
a child of ages yet to be. The body and soul belong to- 
gether. Those who died years ago and were believers and 
served Him are now with Jesus, but apart from their 
bodies. Because of sin, and death the curse of sin, we 
are going to be disembodied spirits for awhile, but not 
forever. Death, to use the language of mortals, gives 
God a chance to recreate our bodies and give them back 
purified, perfected, and glorified forever. There is going 
to be a resurrection of our bodies, into which our dis- 
embodied spirits shall return to live forever. In the Apos- 
tles' Creed, we confess — "I believe in . . . the Resurrec- 
tion of the body." In the Nicene Creed, adopted in 325 
and used on high festival days, this confession is made — 
"I look for the resurrection of the dead." The Athana- 
sian Creed, regarded as an explanation of the Apostles' 
Creed, says, — "At whose coming all men shall rise again 
with their bodies." In the burial services of most churches 
we have these words, "We commit his or her body to the 
earth ... in the sure and certain hope of the resurrec- 
tion." So, we keep on confessing, with the Church uni- 
versal — "I believe ... in the resurrection of the body." 

In Venice is a very beautiful monument in the form of 
a pyramid. Within that structure are the remains of a 
little child in the sleep of death. On the door of the 
strange tomb is the inscription, "Till He Come." By the 
door stands an angel, scultured from the whitest mar- 
ble. One hand of the angel rests upon the latch of the 
door, the other holds a trumpet. The seraph is peering 
intently into the distant heavens, watching for the first 
appearance of our coming Lord. Lo! He comes! and every 
eye doth see him. The latch is lifted, the door thrown 
open, and tJie angel through his trumpet shouts: "Little 
sleeper, come forth from the tomb." You who mourn over 
the graves of loved ones, hear the lesson of hope that 
comes to you amid the flowers of iEaster — "It is only 
till He come!" We are to hear again those hushed voices, 
touch those vanished hands, meet and evermore be with 
those we have loved and lost awhile. It is only "till He 

What is the duty of those possessing this hope? It is 
the same as was Mary's the first Easter morning. "Go 
quickly and tell." If there is one day in the year which 
should be more a missionary day than another, we think 
that day is Easter. We have the good news. Surely we 
ought to tell it. If our hope of immortality is a "living 
(Continued on Page 10) 



7^ ^^aiien^e 

J. Gcurber Driishal 

Today the Brethren Church is moving foi-ward on all fronts. At this season of the year the 
particular emphasis is on the spreading of the Good News to the foreign lands. Consider two op- 
portunities for your congregation, for you, and your place in this work. 

There is a place for people. 

There is an ever open door to those who have heard the call for foreign mission work. Your 
Board is always eager to hear from these people. Now, however, the Board issues three specific 
calls for Nigeria and Argentina. ■, 

For Nigeria: There is an urgent need for a nurse who can be ready to go to that field when 
Miss Liskey's time for furlough conies up very shortly. Then it is hoped that such a person may 
remain in that work for a full term, at least. 

For Argentina: Miss June Byler is now working temporarily in a Baptist Good Will Center, 
which serves as a "feeder," an adjunct to a congregation. Now the Brethren Church plans to es- 
tablish such a center in Buenos Aires, as an adjunct to the new church there. Here is an impera- 
tive need for a young woman to work with Miss Byler in this project, by January 1, 19.52. 

For Argentina: To augment our missionary forces there, a young couple should be ready to 
go as soon as possible. 

YOU ALONE know where you fit into this picture. May the Brethren Church hear from 
you ? 

There is a place for money. 

The expansion program costs money. It was necessary to forward the Bylers, for example, 
an advance of $900 down payment on house rent for their new location in Buenos Aires. A place 
will be needed to house the new congregation. If it is rented, it will cost over $100 a month. If it 
is to be purchased, it will cost upwards of $2.5,000. Tlie new Good Will Center will cost as much 
or more. These amounts will be above our regular offerings to this field. Can we tell them NO ? 

Remember: The local Argentine congregations have pledged themselves to a tremendous 
increase in their giving to help this expansion. They want to QUADRUPLE their gifts to their 
building funds. Can we keep the pace ? 

What shall be the answer of the Board on your behalf to a young couple who has expressed 
an interest in a new field ? Is it your desire that we say "Go to this independent Board," or "Go 
to that denomination, they are moving out in new work; the Brethren are sleepily content where 
they are?" 

The answer is not alone up to the Board. As your servants, eager to be the representatives of 
the church, the Board must find the answer in your offering envelope. 

The straight line from your pocketbook to your brain passes through your heart. Let God in 
on the connection this Easter time. 

MARCH 10, 1951 


ihe 'R.esurrection S 

The blackest disappoint- 
ment of their lives had filled 
the past three days. Now that 
the Sabbath was over they be- 
gan, each from his own place, 
to make their way to the 
tomb, to perform their last 
loving service for the Great 
Teacher — the One Whom they 
had hoped was the promised 
Messiah — who could resist 
the force of Rome and bring 
a long-hoped-for victory for 
Israel. Such was the case with 
the closest followers, the 
mother, and many other dis- 
ciples of Jesus of Nazareth 
on that historic dawaiing of 
the first day of the week — the 
first Lord's Day. 

As they reached the bor- 
rowed tomb, they each in turn 
found it empty, and guarded by heavenly mes- 
sengers who said, "He is not here; He is risen." 
They could not believe such a thing! They met 
Him and did not recognize Him. They walked 
with Him unknowingly. But by speaking with 
them, eating with them, inviting them to touch 
Him Jesus Himself finally convinced them that 
He was alive again in fulfillment of a promise 
which He had made before His death. 

His resurrection brought about a sequence of 
commands for those first disciples and for every 
generation of Christians much must be obeyed. 
They are: 
I. "Come see." (Matt. 28:6) 

The resurrection has never been a matter of 
blind faith. These disciples were invited to inves- 
tigate. Peter and John looked in and saw the folded 
garments. The simple fact of the empty tomb 
carried the tremendous evidence of a bodily res- 
urrection. Christians need not shut their eyes to 
accept divine truth. The truth will stand all the 
investigation which impartial minds can make. 

A risen Christ did not need to roll away the 
stone to get out of the tomb. It was rolled away, 
only to show the world that death could not hold 
Him who was its Victor. The empty tomb will 
remain the eternal stumbling block of the skep- 

Dr. hi E. Lindower 


II. "Go tell." (Mark 16:6) 

Good news must always be 
told. We wonder why they 
had to be told to tell it. Per- 
haps it was because they were 
so slow of comprehension. 
His disciples were to be fa- 
voi'ed first with the news. And 
individuals were not forgot- 
ten. "Go tell His disciples and 
Peter." Later, Thomas was 
singled out for personal at- 
tention from the Lord. He 
knows each one; He is con- 
cerned with each one. 

It was not enough to "Come 
see." How selfish they would 
have been to stop there. How 
much joy they released by 
telling it! Is it not so now, 

III. "Go preach." (Mark 16:15) 

Preaching is merely an extension of telling. 
Jesus met His previous appointment with the dis- 
ciples in Galilee to commission them as the pro- 
claimers of this good news. According to Mat- 
thew it means "make disciples." According to 
Luke they are to go as "witnesses of these 
things." They had witnessed His sufferings and 
His resurrection. They were now commissioned 
to proclaim the possibility of remission of sins 
through repentance, because of these things. 

Preaching is not thus limited to a professional 
group. It is limited only to witnesses. Through the 
Scriptures, we also have seen Him die, and 
emerge victorious from the tomb. Once we "come 
see" we must go on to bear witness of the good 

IV. ''Go Feed." (John 21:1.5, 16, 17) 

The sequence of the resurrection is not com- 
pleted by mere talking. Peter had tried to escape 
his further obligations by going back to fishing. 
But he caught nothing. He was fishing for the 
wrong thing. Had not the Lord said that he should 
become a fisher of men? Now the figure has 
changed to the flock which must be tended, fed, 
pastured. The lambs and the sheep must be cared 
for. The resurrection has not accomplished its 



purpose until its witnesses are helping to care for empty tomb cannot be satisfied without a person- 

the flock. 

Easter does not bring any real satisfaction 
merely in a style parade or even in merely at- 
tending a church service. Those who have wit- 
nessed and understood the significance of the 

al share in sharing the good news and helping to 
feed God's flock, the world over. What is your 
share ? 

Professor of Education, Ashland, Ohio. 




f Sacrifi 

ower or oacririce 

Rev. Clarence Fairbanks 

A PIG AND A HEN were walking down the road. 
They came to an eating place which had a sign in 
the window: "Ham and Eggs . . . 50c." Said the pig, 
"My dear, that's just a day's work for you, but it is a 
real sacrifice for me." We smile and say, "How true." 
I wonder if the pig was not looking at sacrifice from the 
old and negative point of view. It seems to me that the 
pig was being a pig even to the very end. He could think 
only of himself and what it was going to cost. In my 
opinion, the hen was making a greater sacrifice than was 
the pig for she was not giving up something, she was 
busy giving to something. The real sacrifice is not dying 
for a cause, but living for it. 

Dorothy Thompson says, "It (sacrifice) is not to re- 
linguish for others, but to live for others. If the living 
for others costs us our lives, it is nevtertheless the living 
that has made our death significant."* Very often we say 
that a soldier has died for his country, but what we really 
mean is that he lived and fought for his country. The 
dying has no meaning at all if it is separated fixjm the 
kind of battle he fought. So we very often talk about the 
Christians who have died for Christ. I think it would be 
more correct to say that they lived for Christ and met 
death in the line of duty. 

The Christian Church has placed a great emphasis on 
the death of Christ and its meaning to the world. I would 
not want to minimize His death even if I could, but I 
do think that we ought to place more emphasis on His 

We often sing, 

"Living, He loved me; dying. He saved me; 

Buried, He carried my sins far away; 

Rising, He justified freely forever; 

One day He's coming — oh, glorious day!" 
What is it that gives all of this meaning? Is it not 
that "Living, Hie loved me?" Without that living love 
there would have been no saving death. The real sacri- 
fice of Christ then was that "Living He loved me." 

Speaking of his efforts as a missionary in Africa, 
David Livingstone once said, "For my own part, I have 
never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such 
an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in 
spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called 
a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of 
a great debt owing to our God, which we can never re- 
pay ? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest re- 
ward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing 
good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious des- 

tiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and 
with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say 
rather it is a privilege." Such is the spirit of a real sac- 
rificial life. 


1. The sacrificial life has a great power in it because 
it saves life. Jesus said, "Whosoever will save his life 
shall lose his life, but whosoever will lose his life for 
my sake and for the kingdom's shall save his life." We 
have found that to be the rule of life. Life hoai-ded is 
life wasted. Life spent on self is life squandered. The 
only lives that we remember are those that were spent 
in helping others. There are risks involved in this way of 
life — we may meet a premature death, but what does a i 
premature death mean ? Does it mean that the good is 
to be judged by some linear measure of time? Yet we 
know that life has depth as w-ell as length by which to 
be judged. In a sense Abraham Lincoln died prematurely 
at thie hand of an assassin. He might have lived longer. 
,But having died at the height of his career, his reputa- 
tion and his influence on posterity were "pegged" at a 
high level. Even so, the real sacrifice that Lincoln made 
to his country was not in dying for it, but in living for 
it. In living for his country he gave his life to all man- 

2. The sacrificial life has a great power in it because 
it asks you to live your best. When you ane living for 
Christ and for others you do not have to worry about 
what is going to happen to you personally. When all of 
your goods are dedicated to the good of all men and to 
the glory of God, you do not fret when thiey are taken 
from you for these purposes. Patrick Henry on the eve 
of the American Revolution stood before his fellow pa- 
triots and said, "Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to 
be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid 
it God! I know what course others may take, but as for 
me, give me liberty or give me death." When the cause 
is bigger than the individual, the best is called forth in 

3. The saci'ificial life has a great power in it because 
it challenges us to get the most out of life. Jesxis did 
not live less because his life was a sacrifice for men. He 
was often so busy he had to slip away to the mountains 
in order to have time for prayer. Paul's life was lived 
for others and as he came to the end of it he could say, , 
"I know whom I have believed and am pei'suaded thatt 
he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him 
against that day." There were no regrets. His life had 

MARCH 10, 1951 


been full and finiitful. With triumph in his voice he could 
shout, "I have fought a- good fight, I have kept the faith." 
It is that kind of living that gives dying a real mean- 

Allen Miller, student minister, said "During the war, 
I served in the navy. I went ashore with thie troops at 
Normandy. My classmates (at Virginia Theological Sem- 
inai-y) fought at Iwo, cleared minefields in the Carib- 
bean, were washed overboard in the Atlantic, took off 
from foggy British aii-fields, saw action in Burma, New 
Guinea, and flew over the Hump to China. 

"When it was all over, we realized that we wei'e alive 

because someone else had fought and died. 'Whom do 
you pay if you owe your life to the dead?' we asked. 
Almost two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth knew 
that men for whom He lived and died would ask the same 
question. He told them : 'Feed my sheep.' " 

This year — instead of giving up something, let us give 
ourselves to something — the cause of Christ. Instead of 
talking about dying for Christ, let us covenant to live 
for Him. 

— Washington, D. C. 

*Dorothy Thompson in "The Ladies Home Journal," 
Nov. '42, p. 6. 



Tlie World Qnsis -- and Ghrist 

Prof. Henry Bates 

Today, perhaps more than ever before in the history 
of the world, the very foundations of the nations are 
being shaken! All about there seems to be a state of con- 
fusion, a state of disintegration, in community life 
throughout the lands of the earth. Men in places of 
authority strive to restore unity and peace by drastic 
controls, regimentation, and force. Nations are blindly 
accepting substitutes for God, and in a good many places 
nationalisms are replacing old religious loyalties. Devas- 
tating problems are confronting many of the leading na- 
tions of the world: nationalism and imperialism in the 
Near East; communism and militarism in the Far East; 
mass movements in India; racial conflicts in Africa and 
elsewhere; and an increasing paganism in South Amer- 
ica. These, and many other problems and conditions com- 
bine to present the gn-avesti world crisis in a good many 
centuries. The crisis is before us — What are we going 
to do about it? 

I believe that there is a solution! I believe that Christ 
is the solution in this time of crisis. But this solution 
will not save us from defeat in the present crisis if we 
do not put it into practice. The way of force has been 
tried — and has failed — now is the time to turn to the 
one sure solution. The world is seeking peace. Jesus said, 
"My peace I give unto thee." The world is seeking rest 
and comfort. Jesus said, "Come unto me all ye that labor 
and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." The world 
is seeking true happiness. Jesus said, "I am come that 
they might have life, and that they might have it more 
abundantly." There can be no solution to the crisis which 
is before us until men and women come to find that solu- 
tion in Jesus the Christ; and they cannot find that solu- 

tion in Him until they come to know Him and to accept 
Him as the Son of God and the Saviour of the world! 

We have heard a great deal during the past decade 
relative to finding peace and security only when the teach- 
ings and the principles of Christ are carried out through- 
out the world. Consequently a good many people and 
churches have established programs designed to impress 
upon nations of the world, the beauty, the reality, the 
importance of these teachings and these principles — 
we have been telling- nations of the results which come 
with the Christian solution rather than presenting Christ 
as the solution. 

Several years ago in a mid-Indiana city several men 
were shot to death in a so-called "Cigar store" — which 
was in reality a front for a regular gambling den. The 
officials of the city knew of the existence of this place 
of vice, as well as the existence of five or six similar 
establishments within one city block, but apparently were 
not too greatly concerned over it. Following the killing 
of these patrons the citizens of the city suddenly became 
aware of the existence of this menace or crisis within 
their home town. For several days the local papers were 
filled with letters from subscribers admonishing the city 
fathers for neglecting their duties and offeiing various 
suggestions for the removal of such undesirable places. 
Most of these writers suggested closing all of the saloons 
in the town; rooting out and severely punishing all 
gamblers; or discharging a number of the members of 
the police force and replacing them with more honest 

Out of this large assortment of letters and suggestions 
which were submitted to the papers one in particular 
impressed me — for it seemed that the writer of this one 
letter had alone found the source of the trouble. He said, 
in effect, that all of the solutions being offered were 
starting at the wrong end of the problem. To remove the 
sources of the trouble without changing the lives of the 
(Continued on page 10) 



A letter just received from Mi'ssionary Robert Byler says they are 
now living in Buenos Aires. He says: 

"From the time of Brother Drushal's departure, until more than 
two weeks later, all of my time was spent in searching for a house which 
would be suitable for our family needs, fairly near the school, and with- 
in a reasonable price range. This, needless to say, posed quite a problem. 
At least 35,000 immigrants are entering this port per month, and the 
papers say that about half of these are trying to settle right here in 
Buenos Aires. So we feel that it was a very definite answer to prayer, 
when out of the 120 applicants for this particular house, we were se- 
lected. There were seven doctors, several lawyers and a number of other 
professional people on the list — all anxious for a place to live. We are 
located only 20 squares from the school, near a complete shopping dis- 
trict, a bank, three blocks from the electric train which puts us in the 
center of the city in eight minutes — and from there to any point in the 
city wfthin a reasonably short time. In a city of between four and five 
million, including the outlying suburbs — this is quite a convenience. 
Also, this particular situation affords wonderful opportunities for pre- 
senting the Gospel. The house is a two-story plant with garage, servant's 
room and bath, small kitchen, dining room, and a living room which 
would accommodate, in a home meeting, about 30 people, a small enclosed 
patio below; upstairs are two bedrooms, the study, bath and terrace. 
Since there is no garden or lawn for the children, we are grateful to the 
Board for their assurance of financial help in the matter of the rent. 
We are sorry that a cheaper place could not be found, but it was just 

After my long house-hunting search was ended, I found that all 
train and bus connections were sold out to Cordoba for about twenty- 
two days in the future. (Cordoba is heavily populated in the summer 
months for it is a popular summer resort section, especially in the moun- 
tains.) Finally I was able to find a cancellation that made it possible 
to go by plane for 150 pesos. We had a busy week and a half in which 
to pack and arrange everything for our departure. A moving van was 
secured as reasonably as possible — 1,500 pesos — and they did a good job 
for us in bringing things undamaged. We came on a night train with 
the family and this cost another 326 pesos. The day after we arrived, 
Chola, our hired girl, was hit by the mumps. So that meant that for the 
next two weeks, Jane and I were up to our necks in getting the house 
livable, what with looking after the children and nursing the mump pa- 
tient. Thank the Lord, we are now settled ! Jane is well and is feeling no 
worse for the wear and tear." 

Brethren — let us continue to pray for these people who represent 
us in Argentina. They are conmiissioned to do a great work in this new 

To i^i 

— A New Mi 

— A Good-W< 

— Nigerian 1 

— New Chur 
— • Salaries 

— Rents 

— Equipment 

— Office Exj 


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MARCH 10. 1951 







\ the \eax 

Buenos Aires 


answer in 

Summer Cam^fi At U\c\wzc\io, Argentina 

We reached the place after an hour's ride from Cordoba. We had 
chmbed the summit of our last hill and turned to the left when our eyes 
were happily impressed by the sight of DIQUECITO just below. The car 
bumped down along the final descent and there was hardly time to pull 
the brakes before we reached our destination. We got down and walked a 
few steps to the river side and shouted "bote." (boat) which means that 
we needed somebody to tow us over. An unnecessary effort, because the 
boat was already half way across and everybody was shouting hello from 
the other side. 

Our day in camp began at six-thirty. We were awakened by the 
cheerful tune of Norman's accordion playing the morning "diana" (the 
happy little tune we learned to hate after the second or third day.) There 
was a rising murmur of sleepy voices asking for half an hour more of 
sleep; but a quarter of an hour later all beds were empty and we found 
everybody gathered around the breakfast table listening to Dr. Yoder's 
morning Bible Study. This was followed by a personal "devotional" 
when everyone retired foi- fifteen minutes to read the Bible and pray. 

After breakfast we were supposed to do our chores, before the Bible 
study in charge of Mr. Krieger took place at half past nine. People were 
seen washing the dishes, making the beds, bringing wood, bread and milk, 
raking the place, mending a canvas roof, etc. After Mr. Krieger's study 
which dealt with the training of young people to win souls for Christ — 
we had fifteen minutes of singing and then our second mornihg study, 
this time with Mr. Norman Lewis. But there was no such thing as get- 
ting tired or the usual stiff backs or fidgeting limbs which accompanies 
the last part of a long service. We could go on for hours because we were 
living very precious minutes amidst the wonders of God's Word. 

Studies ended at eleven o'clock and we were free to rush into the 
water like many happy ducks. We could swim and dive, run and jump. 
We did acrobatic feats and lay under the sun for about half an hour. 
Then there was another rush — this time less spontaneous, but much more 
speedy for it was time to get ready for lunch. The five-minutes-before- 
twelve-bell caught us half way through our dressing up ; the last unmer- 
ciful bell chose to ring when we had hardly put on our shoes. But we had 
to get to the table on time if we didn't want to lose points for our group. 
So there was a final rush, with shoes in one hand and socks in the other, 
for the table. 

In the afternoon there was time for all sorts of entertainment. We 
had a treasure hunt one day, a home made comedy another; Biblical pro- 
grams, Olympic contests, and text-memorizing games. (One day we had 
a scavenger hunt where one of the objects was to swim across the river 
with a hen in one hand, another to get hold of a goat, which offered the 
inconvenience of havilig its owaier trail after it, a third one to catch a 
wasp and three flies alive. It was a lot of fun.) 

At night we had open air meetings with people coming from out- 
side, or camp fire testimony meetings, or sometimes a ride in the boat 
under the moonlight. 

There were wonderful experiences, and it would be easy to write 
about more happy incidents which I have omitted in this brief account. 
I am thankful for this Christian summer camp, for I can see the good it 
has done and will do for youth in the future.. 

Elsie Romanenghi, A granddaughter of Dr. Yoder. 



My Resurrection Hope 

(Continued from Page 3) 

hope," surely it will breathe, speaking helpful, cheering, 
saving words to others. And it will walk; it will go to 
the grief-stricken, to the bedside of the sick and carry 
comfort and help. And it will sing, and it will smile, and 
it will work. On our birthdays we give gifts. Easter is the 
birthday of hope. What more natural than that on this 
natal day of immortality we should give this hope to 
some one el&e? 

Does this not suggest to us our real lesson of Easter 
duty? It is to pass the blessing on. It is to kindle the 
torches of others. It is to try to give this loving hope to 
someone else, and to continue doing so until the whole 
world if full of light — until every soul shall be illuminated 
with the beautiful cheering, holy light caught from the 
broken grave of Christ, the risen Saviour of the world. 

An army chaplain tells of having bivouacked with his 
brigade upon an open field with nothing over him but the 
cold, cloudy sky. On arising the next morning, all over 
that fiield were little mounds like new-made graves, each 
covered with a drapery of snow which had fallen two or 
three inches during the night and covered each soldier 
as with the winding sheet of death. Wbile he was gaz- 
ing upon the strange spectacle, here and there a man be- 
gan to stir, aiise, shake himself and stand in momentary 
amazement at the sight. It was a beautiful symbol of 
the resurrection. Symbol of a great fact, blessed fact, a 
fact that needs telling. 

Again, what is our Easter duty? It is to "go qmckly 
and tell." In one of his books S. D. Gordon pictures Gabriel 
as asking Christ when he reached heaven, what recogni- 
tion the world had given of his divine offering for its 
sake. Christ replies that only a few in Palestine knew 
of it. Gabriel feels that more ought to know — that the 
whole world ought to know — and he asks, "What is your 
plan. Master for telling of it?" Jesus is supposed to reply, 
"I have asked Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, 
and a few others, to make it the business of their lives 
to tell others, and those, others, until the last man in the 
farthest circle has heard the story and has felt the power 
of it." ",But suppose they do not tell others — what then?" 
Gabriel asks. And Jesus answers, quietly, "Gabriel, I 
haven't made any other plans. I'm counting on them." 
He is counting on us to tell others. And that is our Eas- 
ter lesson hope and duty. He is counting on us to tell 
others the good news of His birth and life and death and 
resurrection. Go quickly, and tell. Tell again and again. 
Keep on telling the blessed story. 

— Berlin, Penna. 

It may sometimes be necessary to emphasize the free- 
dom of God's grace as unearned by any virtue or merit 
of man. But only mischief to thought and life follows if 
the emphasis is such that it precludes the necessity of 
living the life and working at the task of being a Chris- 
tian, not only "saved by grace," but also "saved to serve 
and exemplify the Christ-life here on this earth." 

The World Crisis -- and Christ 

(Continued from page T) 

people who patronized those sources would be a very tem- 
porary solution, he continued. This man's suggestion was 
that the ministers and churches of that city go down into 
the section of town in question and tell the residents and 
patrons of that section the message of the saving power 
of Jesus Christ — to lead them into a saving knowledge 
of Him — and to pray for a i-eal indwelling of the Holy 
Spirit. Then, and only then, he concluded, will this prob- 
lem be solved. You cannot make men good by merely 
taking from them their evil habits — they must first of all 
be born again — and then the evil habits will die from 
lack of patronage. 

Such is our need today! The world needs a mission 
program wMch does not merely strive to better man's 
physical conditions, his education, his culture — as needed 
as these are — but in this tim|e of crisis the world needs 
a mission program which presents the solution to the 
crisis in which we have placed ourselves — and that solu- 
tion is Jesus Christ, the Saviour and the Redeemer of 
mankind. And may we never lose sight of the fact that 
each one of us can do our part in this great missionary 
entei'prise by speaking to all with whom we come in con- 
tact about the One who alone is able to bring peace, hap- 
piness, and comfort. 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (people) ..." 
"If ye know these things blessed are ye if ye do them." 
— ^Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Try Again 

If at you DO succeed. 

Try again! 
Life is more than just one deed; 

Try again! 
Never stop with what you've done. 
More remains than you have won. 
Pull content's vouchsafed to none; 

Try again! 

If you've won on lower plane. 

Try again! 
Life is more than one campaign; 

Try again! 
Send your gudgeons to the fore. 
Strive to seize one standard more. 
Still ungained are palms galore; 

Try again! 

If at first you DO succeed, 

Try again! 
For future harvest sow the seed, 

Try again! 
Rise with sacred discontent. 
Realize that life is lent 
On highest searches to be spent; 

Try again! 

— Selected. 

ARCH 10, 1951 


ibie House at Seoul Desolated 

Bible Society Safe 

Rev. Young Bin Im, Secretary of Korean 

PHE FIRST WORD to reach New York from the Kor- 
L ean Bible Society in Seoul, since the occupation of 
e red army, has been received by the American Bible 
>ciety. It reported the complete destmction of the Bible 
ouse in Seoul on September 26th during a severe battle 

the center of Seoul. The contents of the Bible House 
sre entirely destroyed. Although the Rev. Young Bin 
1, secretary of the Korean Bible Society, passed through 
severe ordeal during the last three months, he and his 
anuscript of the Korean Bible, which had been revised 
mily have survived. The only copy of the complete 

the new system of spelling (Hankul) had been taken 
om the Bible House earlier in the month by I\Ir. Tm and 

escaped destruction. 

This information came to Dr. lEric M. North of the 
merican Bible Society from Chaplain Harold Voelke\ 

Headquarters X Corps in Seoul. A letler also received 
' Dr. North from Mr. Im, sent through the assistance of 
laplain Voelkel says: "I suffered all kinds of mental 
id physical tortures during the last three months. I en- 
ired the sufferings because my only desire was to keep 
e Bible House in safety." 

When the red army occupied the city, according to Mr. 
1, the banks were closed so that no money could be ob- 
ined. Living expenses soared. In order to buy a small 
lantity of rice for his family, Mr. Im was obliged to 
11 what clothing the family possessed. 
"When the divided Korea is united," wrote Mr. Im, "the 
:mand for Scriptures will be large and I hope to promote 
e publication of the Scriptures as promptly as Work 
,n be started so that, through the Korean Bible Society, 
iB estimated demands can be met." 

As all printing shops in Soeul were either burned or 
iverely damaged, the work must be done outside the 
luntry. After the liberation of Korea in 1945, Korean 
;riptures were printed by the American Bible Society 

New York and the British and Foreign Bible Society 
. London. It is on these two Societies the Korean Bible 
jciety is now depending for production of the books. Dr. 
orth stated. It is thought that plans can be made by 
hich Mr, Im can take the revised manuscript of the 
orean Bible to Tokyo, where printing plants are now 
I operation. There the type could be set and a printing 
' the Scriptuies completed. Copies can then be sent to 
ew York and London, where a further edition of the 
criptures can be prepared. Mr. Im was hopeful that if 
ork can be started in Japan immediately some finished 
)oks may be ready by January 1951. 

"We need Korean Scriptures desperately," Chaplain 
oelkel has appealed to Dr. North. 

The Ameiican Bible Society started new shipments of 
orean Scriptures to the Fast East in August. By the end 
f October, the total will reach 50,000 copies of the four 
ospels and Acts in one volume, 100,000 Korean-English 
iglot Sermon on the Mount, and 5,000 Korean New Tes- 
iments. The Japan Bible Society has printed and shipped 
iveral thousand Korean Gospels to Inchon from Tokyo. 

Our Poet's Corner 

freedom, "Ghe Glory of GDan 

H. A, Gossard 

The TORCH is dimmed that once was brightly lighted; 

And nations groping blindly for the light 
Upon a darkened path, soul-sick, affrighted. 

Are herded back into the Ages' NIGHT . . . 

There, in that NIGHT, desire for death's calm-sleeping 
Is turned to pain, and, rest denied the slave. 

The clanking chains, kept wet by human-weeping, 
Sound out "Defeat!" and "Slave cease not to rave!" 

Can FREEDOM lost be won through service labor 
By those whose spirit faints far from the goal? 

Can Hope, made mad, in vain grab up the saber 
In just defense of body and of soul ? 

VVere FREEDOM'S CURSE an Unrestricted TYRANT, 
And men were born pulsating without brain, 

A mass of flesh and blood, and nonaspirant. 

That TYRANT then might shackle Her for gain! 

But since upon the "Mountain of Creation" 

She scaled the summit's peak and set Her throne. 

No Power — tho boasting much of ostentation — 
Shall vaunt of Glory equal to Her own! 

FREEDOM denied, its calmness slowly creeping 
In death, still lingers like a bosom friend . . . 

When death for FREEDOM ends, the body sleeping, 
The Soul goes on unto its destined end. 

When "Brainy Men" drunk-mad with selfish glory 
Act more like Imps untrained to grace a throne, 

Destruction, quite complete, and quite as gory. 
Will end the triumph of their heart of stone! 

Some time the nations now in great dejection. 

Will fan the Spark of FREEDOM to a Flame; 
And cast on DESPOTS this deserved reflection: 


— La Canada, California. 


On Sunday morning rise at seven use plenty of cold 
water on the face; eat a plain, hearty breakfast, then mix 
up and take internally a dose composed of the follow- 
ing ingredients Will, Push, Energy, Determination, Self- 
respect, Respect for God's Day, Respect for God's Book, 
respect for God's Plouse, and a Desire to be Somebody, 
and a Good Citizen. Stir well — add a little love to make 
it sweet; take large uoses every three minutes until Sun- 
day School time, unless relief comes sooner. If the day 
is stormy, an external application of overshoes, raincoats 
and umbrellas will be helpful. 

(Signed) Dr. Never Fail. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used bv nermission 

Topic for March 25, 1951 


Scripture: John 14:1-6; Luke 24:1-16 

For The Leader 

ONiE NEEDS VERY LITTLE announcement to pro- 
claim the fact that today is Easter Sunday. The up- 
surge of attendance in the ser\'ices shows that the "an- 
nual fashion show" has gone over successfully. Kids sick 
with too much chocolate and eggs, dollars for bunnies and 
pennies for missions, will convince the most skeptical 
that Easter has come once again. In this type of celebra- 
tion we have lost every bit of resemblance to that first 
Easter morning when Christ arose. We commend the 
churches that strive to keep in harmony with the day by 
planning spiritual sunrise services as a starter for the 
day. There is no better way to set the right atmosphere 
of new life than to come to his house and worship Him so 
early in the morning. So, it is to be hoped that our 
churches will be crowded at this early morning service, 
where held, and at the other services of all churches. 
Crowded, not with fashion competitors, but with sincere, 
spiritual worshippers of the Christ. Yes, the Christ that 
came forth from the tomb as a symbol of new life for 
all who find in Him their salvation and hope of eternal 


1. JESUS, THE LIFE. The mystery of life after death 
has always held the interest of people. There are those, 
who, because of sin in their life, try to make themselves 
believe that there is no life after death. Others there are 
who believe that at death all people go to a blissful 
dreamy spiritual world. Others are more true to Chris- 
tian principles in believing in a Hell for the sinful, and 
a Heaven for the born again. So, on this night when Je- 
sus was with His disciples in the upper room, the sub- 
ject of what happens after death came up. Jesus told them 
of heavenly mansions, and of His promise to return for 
them. Jesus also told them that He was the Way, the 
Truth, and the Life. The words of Jesus come back to us 
every time we see or hear of a Christian passing from 
this life. There is eternal life, hope, and happiness be- 
cause Christ broke the bonds of death on that Easter 

2. THE VICTORY' IS CHRIST'S. Paul, over in Corinth- 
ians, speaks of the sting of death and of the victory of 
the grave. Since our first parents were cast forth from 
the bliss of Eden and condemned to return to the dust 
from whence they had come, death has had its sting, 
and the grave its victory. No matter how promising, nor 
how healthy, nor how wealthy, nor how politically su- 
preme death and the grave finally and always conquered. 
Kings, rulers, giants, beautiful women, peasants, paupers 
fell victims of tliis curse of death. So, there was great 

dread and fear of dying. Sin's triumphant act caught u 
with people regardless of who they were. The coming c 
Jesus from the bowels of the grave has changed all tha 
Now, kings, rulers, giants, beautiful women, peasant 
paupers can hope for eternal life and endless freedoi 
from the fear of death and the grave. Truly the victor 
is Christ's. 

3. CHRIST'S PART. From the condemnation of si 
and death for all men to an assurance of eternal life : 
quite an accomplishment. How was it done? The act c 
Christ on the cross is the focal point. Sin's curse is etej 
nal death and cannot be changed by man's works, att: 
tudes, or change of behavior. Some one must suffer sin 
terrible death penalty if there is to be forgiveness fc 
sinful man. Christ, the sinless Lamb of God, became th 
sin bearer. Your sin, and the sin of every human bein 
born, or yet to be bom, was borne to the hill of Calvar 
and to the cross on the body of our Lord. There with th 
shedding of His own blood He gave His life and thu 
provided an eternal fountain of cleansing power. Froi 
this great act of mercy and love even the Father had t 
turn away for He could not look on sin, much less the si 
of all mankind, on His innocent Son. But Chi-ist triumphe 
on the cross. The Easter morning produced the gloriou 
return of our Lord to the land of the living, and with Hi 
coming, the gift of eternal life for all. 

4. OUR PART. Though Christ had died a thousan 
times it would not avail to save a soul. That is unles 
that soul comes to Him. Christ settled the sin questio 
on the cross. It is up to us to throw ourselves on H: 
mercy, seeking forgiveness of sin, and plunging ourselvf 
into the crimson flow from Calvary. "And there may 
though vile as he (the dying thief) wash all my sir 
away." Christ does not offer a mere pass to heaven whic 
we can stick into our pocket. It is not guaranteed to l 
valid, regardless of whether or not we believe in Hin 
We must accept His death in place of ours. We must pre 
claim our faith in Him to others. We must walk in H 
way day by day. When we come up for judgment, it wi 
not be "What about our sin?" but "What did you do wif 
Christ? Did you accept His sacrifice as sufficient for tl 
salvation of your soul?" Entrance into heaven will m 
be determined by our living a good, noble life and bi 
cause we joined the church. Rather entrance will be di 
teimined by whether or not we confessed Christ, accept* 
Him, and followed Him. Jesus said in addition to His b< 
ing the Life, that He was also the Door to the sheepfol 
Each one that enters in will be scrutinized by the lis 
ing in the Lamb's book of Life. If Easter is to be to yc 
today a symbol of new life, it had better include our pa 
sonal examination of this Book of Life to be sure that oi 
name is written therein. Our daily life had better be i 
such a nature that no heavenly scribe shall find it ne 
esarry to scratch it out. 

5. EASTER'S JOY. This is the happiest of days, j 
least it should be. The more we study and understand tl 
cost of Calvary and the scope of the Resurrection, tl 
happier our day today will be. Easter definitely pu 
sense in living. Instead of building for a life time throuj 
years of childhood, schooling, and work, to see it all lo I 
at death; now we can build through childhood, schoolinl 
and life's work, for endless eternity in the Holy pre 
ence of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and our loved ont. 

lRCH 10, 1951 


Prayer Wleeting 

By e. r. gi 



He died! 
d with Him perished all that men hold deal'; 
pe lay beside Him in the sepulchre, 
re grew corpse cold, and all things beautiful beside. 

Died when He died. 

He rose! 
d with Him hope arose, and life and light, 
n said, "Not Christ but death died yesternight." 
d joy and truth and all things virtuous 

Rose when He rose. — Sel. 

"■HE NEW TESTAMENT preachers made much of the 
resun-ection (Acts 4:2; 17:18; 24:15). The death of 
rist alone is not the gospel. There are three elements : the 
ith, the resun-ection of Christ, and these "according 
the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:3, 4). This is not in .agree- 
nt with the minister who stated that Christ's death 
uld have been just as effective in an electric chair, for 
" Lord's death had to be according to the Scriptures, 
ter His resurrection Christ gave inany infallible proofs 

His being alive (Acts 1:3). His resurrection was ef- 
:ted by the power of God (Col. 2:12\ His own power 
)hn 2:19; 10:18), and by the power of the Holy Ghost 

Peter 3:18). Then came His ascension and exaltation 
cts 4:10, 11; Rom. 8:.34; lEph. 1:20; Phil. 2:9, 10; Rev. 
.8). Now He is our Mediator, High Priest, and "ever 
eth to make intercession" for us according to the will 

God (Heb. 4:14-16). The ■^^'hole matter of answered 
lyer depends upon Christ's resurrection to Mediator- 
:p. Christ's sa\nng and keeping power was dependent 
on His resurrection (Rom. 8:34). 

One cannot have Christ without having resurrection for 
! is the resurrection (John 11:25, 26). Every Lord's 
ly is an Easter time, a reminder that Christ rose from 
; dead (Mark 16:9). There is no salvation under the 
)saic Law (Gal. 3:10). Nobody ever kept the law. But 
;re is salvation by grace (Eph. 2:8-10). Under the law 
jy worked and then rested (Ex. 20:9-ll'i. Under gi-ace 
! have our Sabbath at the first. Heaven and the resur- 
;ted life, and work for God the rest of our lives. Instead 

trying to work our way into Heaven we have rest al- 
idy (Heb. 4:9, 10). Paul lived the resurrection life 
hil. 3:13, 14). In baptism we are buried in the likeness 

Christ's death and raised in the likeness of His res- 
rection to walk in newmess of life (Rom. 6:3-5). We 
ant ourselves to be dead unto sin but alive unto God 
rough Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:5-14). Through 
E Holy Spirit we have Jesus in us, "the hope of Glory," 
e hope of the resurrection (Col. 1:27). The risen Christ 
He Who gives us a new life and heart. 
Christ's resurrection proves that our bodies will rise 
im the grave in the likeness of His resurrection (Rom. 

6:5; 1 Cor. 15:49; Phil. 3:21). Christ is the first fruits 
of our resurrection (Acts 26:23; 1 Cor. 15:20, 23). Christ 
is the first fruits, which proves our resurrection (Rom. 
8:11; 1 Cor. 15:17-23K Christ's resurrection proves that 
He will reign on this earth (Acts 2:29, 30). That will 
be a blessed day for the earth (Isa. 35:5, 6, 10). Then 
will be fulfilled one petition of the Lord's prayer (Matt. 
6:10'. Christ's resurrection proves that He will judge 
sinners (Act 17:30, 31). Only the converted can have an 
Easter. Easter togs do not make Easter! Neither do an- 
thems and pageants. Only Christ in the heart makes a 
real Easter. 

Qommetits ou the Lesson hy the editor 

Les.son for March 25, 1951 
Lesson: Mark 15:33-37; 16:1-7 

THERE IS SOMETHING very consoling in the words 
of our Golden Text, which is made up of six words 
taken from the twentieth verse of Matthew twenty-eight, 
"... Lo, I am with you alway ..." Jesus is saying 
that while the earth and its Christian inhabitants shall 
last. He will be with us; that He will be abiding in our 
midst; that He will be at nur side under even,' circum- 

But when we study the lesson of today, we are car- 
ried much beyond the end of the present age, or the time 
of this world's existence as it now is made up, and into 
that ageless future which is called "the eternity of eter- 
nities," that period concerning which the 
song writer has written, 

"When the tnnnpet of the Lord shall sound 

And time shall be no more 

When the morning breaks eternal 

Bright and clear." 
It is to such an endless eternity that we are traveling 
— an eternity where we shall dwell endlessly with the 
Father in the peace and glory which has been prepared 
for those who love Him, or endlessly through an eternal 
punishment which He has prepared for the devil and his 
angels. Ours is the choice. 

Our text caiTies us most briefly through the crucifix- 
ion, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus. 

How often we would draw the curtain over the cru- 
cifixion and burial scene, and rid our thoughts of the 
agonies through which He passed, and through which His 
followers must have gone as the stone was rolled before 
the door of the tomb. It is not a pleasing! scene. It speaks 
of ci-uelty, the shedding of blood, and the death of a 
friend. Many turn from the scene and in their desire to 
rid themselves of the thought, say that they cannot fol- 
low a "bloody religion" such as is e.xhibited in Christian- 



ity. They forget that Jesus said that "I lay down my life, 
that I may take it up again," and that "the Son of Man 
must be crucified and be buried and on the third day be 
raised fi-om the dead," and that Paul says that we must 
be "fellow-sufferers in His death" if we would attain to 
"the resurrection from the dead." 

Surely we must realise that there cannot be a resurrec- 
tion without a previous death and burial. Paul well sums 
up the whole matter when he says, in Romans 5:8-10, 
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while 
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, 
being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from 
wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we 
were reconciled to God by the sacrifice of His Son on the 
cross. His blood being poured out to cover our sins, and, 
because we accept this atonement, we will finally be saved 
to be with Him in His new or resurrected life." 

It is with confidence that John could write the words 
of Jesus, (John .14:19,1 "... because I live, ye shall live 
also," and that is why Paul could pen that gi'eat fifteenth 
chapter of First Corinthians, and say with a great shout, 
"NOW IS Christ risen from the dead, and become the 
first fruits of them that slept." 

There are three other words in our printed text which 
should draw our attention — Mark 16:6, "... be not af- 
frighted ..." Matthew Heni-y, in making comment on 
these words, says, "As angels rejoice in the conversion 
of sinners, so they also rejoice in the consolation of the 
saints." How consoling, if fully understood, are the words 
of the angel who spoke to the women that early Lord's 
Day morning — ^that First Day of the Week: "Risen!' — 
Not Here!" "Risen, as He said!" What consolation; what 
wonder in these wonds! If they were found to be false 
it would spell the end of all things. But if they were true 
—AND THEY WERE— it speaks of the beginning of all 
eternity for those "who love and follow Him." 

His Birth — wonderful and essential; but the Resurrec- 
tion — it is divine and vital to all eternity. Through death 
He must go, but to life again He must come! For "The 
resurrection is God's 'Amen' to the words of Jesus, 'It is 
finished.' " Today, this Easter Day, the cry, "He is Risen" 
rises above every other cry of the world. Let us join tho 
triumphant shout of victory! 

Items of General Interest 

f Continued from Page 2) 

Huntington, Indiana. Brother C. Y. Gilmer reports that 
the Huntington parsonage offering which was taken on 
January 21st amounted to $230.2.3 and that the Church 
Board voted to make payment of $400.00 on the parson- 
age indebtedness, thus bringing the amount now due be- 
low the $1,600.00 mark. The parsonage was purchased on 
April 30, 1949 at a cost of $6,500.00. 

The Woman's Missionary Society of the Huntington 
Church has now sent a total of 129 pounds of clothing to 
Miss Kugler in South America in recent weeks. 

The Ambassador Quartet of Ashland College is sched- 
uled to be at the Huntington Church on Saturday and 
Sunday, March 17th and 18th. They will give a concert 

on Saturday evening and then sing at the morning sei 
vice on Sunday and have charge of the service. 

We learn from Brother Gilmer's bulletin that the Mir 
isters and their wives of the Southern Indiana Distric 
nret at the Peru Church on Wednesday, January 31st. 

Lanark, Illinois. We note in the Lanark Bulletin the 
appreciation is expressed to .Brother D. C. White, paste 
of the Milledgeville, Illinois Church, which is situate 
about 10 miles from Lanark, for his interest and hel 
during the interim between the leaving of the forme 
pastor and the coming of the new one. Brother Whil 
graciously and freely traveled the intervening distanc 
between the two churches each Sunday morning, preacl 
ing at both churches and also rendering whatever assis 
ance he could in the visitation of the sick and in carr; 
ing on necessary work for the Lanark people. It was 
fine gesture on Brother White's part. 

The Lanark church participated with the other churchi 
in the Day of Prayer, with its noonday fellowship dinne 
The seiwice of the afternoon w,as held in the high scho' 
gymnasium. The sound film, "Your Life," was shovm 
connection with this service. 

Doctrinal Statements 


By the Late Dr. J. Allien Miller 

IV. Man: His Nature and Relation 

God — that is the first word, the first thought to chi 
lenge attention. God is. Then God is Creator. The woi 
is His work, the expression of His good pleasure. With 
this creation lies our Planet-home, the Earth. Of all t 
heavenly bodies, including all suns and stars, there is 
other like our earth in this one particular, namely, 
fit dwelling place for living beings. Of all life on ear 
man is the highest form. He is the climax of God's ci 
ative acts. 

The best statement about the nature of Man is that 
Genesis 1:27, "God created man in his own image, in t 
image of God created he him." Paul says Man is Goi 
offspring, God's child. Man is akin to God. He is^a se 
conscious personal spirit. He is free. He knows right fn 
wrong. He aspires; he worships. 

Thus in his relation toward God he is first of all Go 
creation. But he is also a child, God's child. And in 1' 
highest spiritual and ethical sense he becomes God's s 
by becoming like his "only .Begotten Son" through faii 

Some people are so busy gazing into heaven that tl 
forget the earth upon which they stand and in which ^ 
gospel is to be preached. 

No organization has ever accomplished anything ui 
some person has stood at the center of it and filled 
with his thought and life. That is why Christ should 
at the very center of our every organization. Such 
ganization then becomes a growing, thriving organi: 
full of bounding life and work. 

The church must examine itself as to how far 
"world" has penetrated into its own thought and life. 

ARCH 10, 1951 


leception Given For 

lev. and Mrs. J. D. Hamel 

)N SUNDAY AFTERNOON, February 18th, a recep- 
tion was tendered Brother and Sister J. D. Hamel, 

the congi-egation of the Lanark, Illinois, Brethren 
lurch. Brother Hamel was recently installed as pastor of 
s Church there, having formerly been the student pas- 
r of the Fairhaven, Ohio, Brethren Church. 
Following the morning service, at which time Brother 
imel brought a message on the theme, "Christians Must 
1 Christian," the members and friends of the church 
joyed a fine "can-y-in" dinner in the church dining room, 
ir Lanark correspondent adds the following note to the 
port: "The reception, which followed the carry-in din- 
r, to which dinner all of the ministers of the town and 
sir families were invited, was well planned and car- 
id out. We were pleased to see the wholehearted re- 
onse to our invitation by these ministers. All of them 
tended except one, he having a previous engagement 
jm which he could not be excused. Their wives and 
milies came, even one wife in a wheel chair, because she 
d recently broken her leg in a car accident. All of the 
nistei-s in our town are young men, so they seemed to 

pleased to welcome Brother Hamel and his wife to 
r midst." 

The following program was rendered at the afternoon 

gan Prelude Mrs. Max Sisler 

mm — "The Church's One Foundation" . . . Congregation 

vocation Rev. D. C. White 

elcome from the Church . . Kenneth Truman, Moderator 
elcome from the Churches of the City 

Rev. W. Bow^nan, Church of the Brethren 
rls' Trio — "Prayer Perfect" 

Shirley Beattie, .Betty Martin and Bernice Derrer Martin 
alcome from the Milledgeville Church . .Rev. D. C. White 

■sponse Rev. J. D. Hamel 

olin Solo — "Second Movement of the Wieniawski 

Concerto in D. Minor Mrs. J. D. Hamel 

rmn — "More Love to Thee" Congregation 

nediction Rev. Hamel 

t?hc Strange 'Providence of God 

When Hudson Taylor, that great missionary, was on 
i first voyage to China, they lost much time owing to 
Ims. One day the captain was troubled. They were sail- 
J toward some sunken reefs, and as they approached the 
ore they could see the natives rushing about lighting 
es. The captain's hornbook informed him these people 
ire cannibals. After dinner, the captain said, "We have 
ne all we can; we can only await the results." 

"No, there is yet one thing we can do," suggested Hud- 
n Taylor. 

"What is that?" asked the captain. 

"Four of us on board are Christians: the Swedish car- 

penter, yourself, the cook and myself. Let us each retire 
to our cabins and in agreed prayer ask the Lord to im- 
mediately give us a breeze. He can as easily send it now 
as at sunset." 

The captain agreed to this, so Mr. Taylor spoke to the 
others and all had a season of prayer. Soon Mr. Taylor, 
who was sure of the answer, came back to the deck and 
asked the first mate, a godless man, to let down the main- 

With a look of incredulity and contempt, he looked up 
at the topmost sail, and there, sure enough, the corner 
of the sail was beginning to tremble in the breeze! In a 
few moments the mainsail was down, and they were 
ploughing through the sea away from the land. As the 
naked savages on shore faded from view the people on 
board knew those cannibals would have not feast that 
night! — Christian Victory. 

Tour Tailor Friend 

By Roxie E. Stahl* 

Is your life like a garment 
That is "much the worse for wear?" 
Is your thread of life so tangled 
That you cannot make repair? 

Then please let me introduce you 
To a Tailor Friend I know, 
Who will mend your worn garment 
And wash it white as snow. 

He will iron out every wrinkle; 
Press in new life from God above; 
Strengthen it with Holy Spirit; 
Re-inforce it with His love. 

Then He'll place in your breast pocket 
Two previous gifts, which He has blessed, 
Eternal life in the City of Heaven 
And a rare perfume — True Happiness. 

You ask the charge for service rendered? 

Long ago your bill was paid; 

Your receipt is filed in Heaven, 

And with Preparedness it is weighed. 

Now you're standing on the threshold. 
Opened wide's His workshop door; 
Meet your blessed Friend, the Tailor, 
Jesus the Christ forevermore. 

(*Mrs. Stahl is a teacher of the Beginners' Class in 
the Huntington, Indiana, Sunday School, and like all our 
teachers she is doing an excellent work. — C. Y. Gilmer.) 

It is utterly impossible to separate the life and works 
of Jesus. 

All schemes for the redemption of the world are doomed 
to failure unless Jesus is given first place in the heart 
of men. 



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Items of general Interest 

St. James, Maryland. We note that the Ashland Col- 
lege A Cappella Choir is scheduled for St. James as of 
Thursday evening, March 29th. They go from St. James 
to Washington, D. C. on Friday morning, March 30th. 

We learn through Brother Ankrum's bulletin that 
Brother I. D. Bowman of Howe, Indiana, recently sus- 
tained injuries about the face in a fall. We are sorry to 
hear this and trust that he is recovering from this ex- 
perience. A card or letter will reach him if addressed to 
Howe, Indiaixa- 

The Monday night Christian Endeavor meetings at St. 
James are showing increase in attendance and interest — 
27 being present on February 26th. 

Meyersdale, Penna. The Youth Hour which is being con- 
ducted following the regular Sunday evening services is 
still going over "big" and on Sunday evening, March 
11th the group conducted a "guest night" at which time 
all who were at the evening service were guests, with a 
special program, a special moving picture, and refresh- 

An Easter Sunrise Cantata-Pageant is being prepared 
for the Easter morning early sei-vice, according to Broth- 
er W. S. Benshoff. 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Percy C. Miller announces spe- 
cial pre-Easter services from March 19th to 23rd. The 
Union Good Friday Services on March 23rd will be held 
at our church from 12:00 to 3:00 P. M. The observance 
of Holy Communion will he on M^arch 25th at the eve- 
ning hour — 7:00 o'clock. 

Johnstown, Penna. Second. The special hymn request 
evening which was carried out at the Second Church on 
Sunday evening, February 18th, consisted of ten favorite 
hymns which were chosen fi'om lists presented by fifteen 
individauls. Three of the favorite hymns from the lists 
were also used in the morning service. It was such a suc- 
cess that they are thinking of having another soon. 

The month of March is being used to set up the fourth 
Cash Day for the liquidation of the debt on the recent 
church repair and redecorating. March 18th was selected 
to be the day for this special offering. 

The Second Church Laymen's Organization is planning 
on holding its Public Service either on May 6th or 13th. 
A covered dish supper is scheduled for this organization 
on Wednesday evening, April 11th, for all of the men of 
the church. 

Johnstown, Penna., Third. We glean the following from 
the Johnstowm Third Church bulletin: Dean M. A. Stuckey 
of the Ashland Theological Seminary, has been secured 
as guest speaker at both the Good Friday and E.aster 
Sunday services. Various guest speakers are filling the 
pulpit of the Third Church until such time as a resident 
pastor can be secured. The Sauer Kraut supper, which 
was held by the Loyal Women's Class recently, was de- 
clared to be a great success. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Alvin Grumbling says that 
the new By-Laws of the church are now available for 
distribution to the membership of the church. 

An Easter morning Sunrise Service is being planned 
with a breakfast at that early morning hour. 

An April Fool Party is scheduled for the young people 
in the basement of the church on Monday evening, April 

North Georgetown, Ohio. Brother Robert Hoffman, stu- 
dent pastor, tells us that the Publication Offering of the 
North Georgetown church more than doubled over last 
year, and that the Benevolent Offering was almost dou- 
bled. Now they are reaching out to endeavor to double 
their Foreign Mission Offering. 

He also reports that the Sunday School averages are 
as follows: January — 53; February — 67; with one Sun- 
day in Febi-uary having an attendance of 74. They are 
striving to reach an attendance of "10.1 in '51." 

Holy Communion will be observed at the North George- 
towTi Church on Sunday evening, March 18th. The film, 
"The First Easter," will be sho-mi on Saturday evening, 
March 24th, and there will be an Easter Sunrise service 
at 6:30 on Easter morning. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John Byler says that nineteen 
people had a perfect attendance record at the evening 
services through February. 

On Sunday evening, March 4th, the film, "Go Ye" was 
shown. This picture has a missionary emphasis. The eve- 
ning guest preacher was Oswald J. Smith, pastor of the 
People's Church in Toronto, Canada. The church he 
serves supports more than 250 missionaries in foreign 

Smithville, Ohio. Brother Vernon Grisso, who is soon 

to take up the new mission church at Tucson, Ariozna, 

announces Holy Communion for Sunday evening, April 1st. 

(Continued on pag^e 11 1 

iIARCH 17, 1951 


Is Out Ylation Worth Saving? 

r LIKE TO HAVE OTHERS help me to think, don't you? 
L And, since that is true, and as an Ashland College 
enior, Richard Leinard of our neighboring city of Mans- 
ield, who has written for us in a previous issue, gave 
ne the following for my approval and printing, "if I found 
mything worth while in it," I am permitting him to help 
ne with this particular "think" in this issue. His com- 
nents, as found in his little "uncaptioned" article, are 
IS follows: 

"Mr. and Mrs. Reader, you may wonder why I write 
;he following — but, I think it is worth pondering over — 
jspecially with the world in an uproar over peace. I write 
;his because I believe, like Joseph was sold in slavery, 
;ertain elements of the world are trying to sell the peo- 
)Ies of the world into imprisonment, slavery, and death. 
: don't like the word slave — and I don't believe there is 
m American, who can call himself an American, likes 
nention of the word. 

"Propaganda by these adverse elements have spread 
'ear into the hearts of many peoples in these United 
States. I don't like the word fear any more than I like 
;he word slavery. I'm confident though, Mr. and Mrs. 
Reader, that the American people will throw off this fear 
—because they have faith not only in their neighbor, but 
n God. 

"Back a few hundred years ago, a group of people 
landed on our shores. They froze and almost starved — 
but their spirit and faith to accomplish carried them 
through the crisis. They were adventurers and sought new 
ind unexplored lands. They fought white men and In- 
dians. Some fell by the way, but they plodded on across 
mountains, through dense, hostile forest, and across seem- 
ingly endless deserts, until they had explored and con- 
quered this vast region of land in which w,e live. They 
were the pioneers. 

"Today, what nation can compare to this land of ours? 
We have some of the largest industrial plants in the 
world and have access to many natural resources. We 
work and have the constitutional privilege of owning our 
own homes; sending our children to good schools; free- 
dom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom of the press; 
and freedom from want. We are a people who have been 
born and reared in a world of competition — we have sur- 
vived only through our willingness to cooperate with our 
neighbor next door and our own initiative. We are a 
people bom to produce the goods — when the goods are 
needed. We come from good stock — dating back to the 
time when Jamestown with its block houses was consid- 
ered the Fifth Avenue or the Main Street in our home 
town today. 

"Mr. and Mrs. Reader, I don't believe there is a nation 
in the world that can paralyze us in fear or submit us 

into slavery. Joseph might have been sold, but there is 
no Joe Stalin or anyone else going to sell us. We are just 
ordinary people, who are used to freedom — we can be 
patient, but also we can strike with brawn, muscle, brain 
or spirit. Like I stated before — we have confidence in our 
fellowmen and God." 

As I read the above, two things bore in upon me — 
first, his expression concerning the American people, and 
I quote, "I'm confident, Mr. and Mrs. Reader, that the 
American people will throw off their fear — because they 
not only have faith in thedr neighbor, but in God." I feel 
that Mr. Leinard's main objective in writing this article 
was. to call attention to the very fact that a people who 
find confidence in God, are at once an undefeated people. 

The second thing that came to my mind was that such 
a heritage as we have is surely worth saving. But, of 
course, there are various ways of saving it in the minds 
of men, and I am made to think that in all likelihood 
we did not begin far enough back in our history with 
the right methods of saving it. So let's think a little 
about that point. 

If it is true that, as Mr. Leinard has pointed out, the 
Anxerican people have confidence both in their neighbors 
and in God (and I believe as a whole, that statement is 
true) then where have we slipped in the making use of 
this confidence? Isn't it just possible that we have had 
just a little too much confidence in the "neighbor" idea, 
and too little confidence in God? Is it not possible that we 
have ti-usted the neighbor in a material sense, and in so 
doing have failed to trust God in the most important sense 
of all — spiritual values? Is it not too true that we have 
been reversing the word of Jesus and putting the idea 
of "lo\'ing our neighbor" above that of "loving God?" That 
may he the reason for the condition in which we find 
ourselves just now. 

If our country is worth saving — and of course it is — 
that goes without saying: isn't it about time we realize 
that the word which the prophets of old had to say to the 
chosen people, is just as ti-ue for us today as it was for 
them? Listen to what two of them had to say, and put 
them together as being a genuine warning to us: 

Hosea said, "My people are destroyed for a lack of 
knowledge, because they have rejected knowledge, I will 
also reject them ..." And Ezekiel said, "Repent, and 
turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity 
shall not be your ruin." 

Yes, our nation is worth saving, but we must help to 
apply the proper remedy. No quack diagnosis can be ac- 
cepted, nor any false remedies he applied. 

Think it over! 



Hast ^hou 
ft Word? 

Rev. D. Richard Wolfe 

"But when they departed from Perga, they came to 
Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on 
the sabbath day, and sat down. 

"And after the reading of the law and the prophets 
the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them saying, 
Ye men and brethren, if you have any word of exhorta- 
tion for the people, say on." 

1AM VERY MUCH INTERESTED in the remarks of 
the rulers for it is worded with the intent of a ques- 
tion. They said to Paul and Barnabas, asking this ques- 
tion, "Hast thou a word for the people?" and from that 
phrase I take the subject for this message — "Hast thou a 

If you have been following the list of best sellers for 
the past three years, you will note that heading the list 
is the name of Joshua Laidmaii, who wrote a book en- 
titled, "Peace of Mind." Second on the list os a Protes- 
tant clergyman by the name of Norman Vincent Peale, 
who has written a book, "Confident Li\'ing," and the third 
is a Catholic priest, J. Fulton Sheehan of renown, from 
the great city of Washington, D. C, who has also writ- 
ten a book following the same theme, "A Guide to Liv- 
ing." All three of these books are answers to the ques- 
tion that the rulers put to Paul and Barnabas. It is the 
question that has been put to the world and the religious 
organizations of our civilization have tried to answer it — 
"Mast thou any word for the people?" 

We are living in a day and age that is filled with tur- 
moil, with chaos, but worse of all it is filled with the 
indecision of people. People with confused and bewildered 
minds; people who are frantically seeking a word, and 
they are asking the Church to "SAY ON." The Church 
stands in a position where it has never stood before. Civ- 
ilization is on the brink of either chaos or a new dawn- 
ing. The Church is the only force in the world that can 
tui-n the tide, that can change the course of history, that 
can form and determine the destiny of our world for 
thousands of years to come. Tthe world is looking to the 
Church today, asking this age-old question, that has come 
down for two thousand years — "Hast thou a word for 
the people? For God's sake SAY ON." 

It is not the word that they can hear every day that 
they are interested in. They do not want that word. They 
can pick up their daily newspaper; they can read the pe- 
riodicals; they can tum on their radios and listen to the 
commentators, and they can hear that word. But they 
want another word. They want a word that rings true. 
A word that is really a guide to confident living. 

Of course we should not totally disregard the word that 
the world is speaking today. We should give it consider- 
ation, for the word of the world has wrought great Won- 
ders in our midst. It is the word that has been spoken 
down through the centuries also, and it is the word that 
built the great pyramids of Egypt five thousand years 
ago. A word that expressed a belief in immortality, in 
the continuity of human life. It was the word that built 
the great statue of Colossus on the bay of Greece. A 

word of strength and might and power. It is the wor 
that built the great temple of Diana in Ephesus and Pan 
stood in the shadow of that temple and spoke to the Ephe 
sians. It was the word that built the great temple o 
Zeus in Athens. It was the word that built the great hang 
ing gardens Babylon, the word of the world, and me 
listened to that word and it formed their lives and thei 
destinies, but alas, it leads them on to the brink of chao' 
and destruction. 

The world is looking for a word that leads them, no 
to desti-uction, but leads them to life everlasting, lif 
eternal. They are asking the Church riglit now, "Hast tho; 
a word for the people?" What word has the Church t 
speak at this time? Not only the Brethren Church, bu 
the Church of J.esus Christ! What word does it have t 
speak ? Does it have a word at all ? What word does ou 
world want to hear? There is one word and one wor. 
alone that speaks confidence and hope and iramortality- 
that is the Word of Life. 

Wlien Jesus and His disciples came to the point when 
there was no turning back; when Jesus had set His fac 
steadfastly to go to Jerusalem; when He had cast Hi 
lot and wended His way toward His inevitable death- 
there were some who could not hear these last teachings 
and they turned back from Him and walked with Hin' 
no more. Then Jesus turned to His chosen twelve am 
He said unto them, "Wilt thou turn back also?" and Pete, 
speaks forth, "To whom shall we go. Lord? Thou has 
the words of Life?" "Tliou hast the only words. Thoi 
alone art the trae and living Word of God." 

If the Church is to speak the woi'd that our Worli 
needs and wants to hear, they must speak that •won 
again. They must hold forth the word of life. They musi 
not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the GoS! 
pel of God and salvation for evei-yone that believeth. The; 
must not be ashamed to tell the world that they believ 
in the Saviour, who first died and rose again. They musi 
not be afraid to say they believe in the eternal Word oi 
God, that it still speaks to the lives and the hearts o 
men and women of this day and age. They must sho\ 
the woi-ld that they alone have a guide to confident liv 
ing; that even though the world has gone to the brin' 
of desti-uction and chaos century after century, the Chris 
tian Church has not shared the fate of the world. It ha. 
stood alone. It has fought the battles of the world whe: 
the world was right and it has fought against the worl 
when the world was -wrong and it still stands becaus 
it has the Word of Life. 

The Church must hold forth the Word of Life as it hai 
never been held forth before. It must be presented as ; 

ARCH 17, 1951 


lallenge to the twentieth century civilizations that stand 
ifore. It must hold it forth in such a way that even 
lough it endangers its own life, it is following in the 
lotsteps of Jesue Christ. 

When the rulers of the synagogue sent to Paul and 
iked him if he had a word, he most certainly had a 
ord to speak and he spoke on. The word that is so com- 
on and familiar to us today, that we think it is no 
nger unique, that it no longer has any meaning for our 
Drld, and yet it is precisely the same word that Paul 
loke that our world needs today. Simply the story of 
:sus Christ, His great love for mankind, the eternal for- 
yeness of sin and the assurance of eternal life. What 
ore could our work ask for than the word of Jesus 
irist? What word then as the Church to speak to the 
arid and what word will the woild receive from the 
lurch ? What is the crying need of our day and age ? 
■hat is the most pressing demand of the twentieth cen- 
ry? of the Christian era? 

As strange as it may seem or as complex as it may 
und, our world wants to know one thing, and one thing 
ily. It wants to know the difference between right and 
rong, and the Churcli alone knows the difference. We are 
dng in a day and age when people are willing to be 
Id what is right and what is wrong, and there is no 
lice strong enough or clear enough to speak through the 
aas, the clatter of tanks, the burst of bombs and the 
ar of guns, that they may hear that word. If only our 
jrld could hear what is right and what is wrong. Cer- 
inly our civilization is confused. They have never been 
Id what is right and tihey have never been told what is 
rong. How can we expect them to forge through the 
rest of morality and ethics and decency if they have 
ver been told? yes, there have been some attempts 
. the part of philosophy to tell people what is right 
id what is wrong, but philosopliy always lives in an 
Dry tower, is never down where the people live. There 
,ve been some attempts on the part of science to tell 
lople what is right and what is wrong, but there is no 
ience of the emotions, there is no science of morals, 
ere is no science of the spirit and soul of man. 
The one thing that has spoken down through the ages 
IS been the Cliurch of Jesus Christ. It has stood all tlie 

blasts of all the civilizations of time. It has stood all the 
erosion of the years that have passed and it still stands, 
and God grant, to speak forth the eternal word of tinath, 
the word of life. Why are we so confident that we know 
the difference between right and ViTong? Simply because 
we seiwe a cnicified and risen Lord, a Lord who was cru- 
cified for the difference between right and wrong. He 
knew that difference and He was not willing to be silent, 
whatever the cost was to speak the truth. 

Our Church today must tell the world what is right and 
what is wrong. We must tell the world with a loud, clear, 
fearless voice that all that is wrong stands condemned 
before God and that the only answer to the civilization 
of the twentieth century is divine grace and the forgive- 
ness of Jesus Chiist. There is no other word for our 
world. This is the responsibility of the Christian Church. 
To this end it was born and conceived and for this end 
Jesus Christ gave His life that the world might know and 
the world might be saved. Our world is still crying out, 
"Hast thou a word? Hast thou a word?" If the dmrc i 
is not willing to speak the word of Jesus Christ, then 
it is no longer the Church; it is merely an institution 
among the many organizations of our world, and it ought 
to quit taking up the time and space that is allotted to 
it. But if the Chuich dares, it can still speak the word 
again. It can speak it fearlessly and comageously, clear- 
ly and loudly. It can dare to say, "We have a word and 
we will proclaim it throughout the length and breadth 
and the heights and depths of our world." We will tell 
men what they ought to know. We will show them the 
difference between right and wrong." 

The importance of this word can not be underestimated. 
We know not what tragedies tomorrow may bring. We 
know that one thing is needful and that is light and di- 
rection and the word of truth. If the Church believes in 
its message as it once did, then it will proclaim that mes- 
sage again. It will speak the word, no matter how strange 
it may sound to modern ears. It will speak the word and 
man shall be saved. We should cause the world to ask 
the same question of Peter when he asked Jesus, "To 
whom shall we go. Lord? Thou alone hast the word of 

— North Manchester, Indiana. 



Why We Like Our Vastor 

By A Deacon 

r IS so COMMON to hear people telling why they do 
not like their minister that it might be a good idea 
record and pass on some reasons, gathered from rep- 
sentative members of the church, on the thought of 
Vhy we like our pastor." 

In the first place, he preaches Jesus Christ, and the 
ble. Book reviews, lectures and certain movies may be 
lod in their place, but we should confine such things in 
eir proper places and in their proper channels. The 
urch is something rather exclusive and is infinitely more 
.luable when she offers Jesus Christ and the Bible to 
eager public. And our minister finds ti-utlis and com- 
inds enough to keep us busy the rest of our lives, with- 

out bothering with hair-splitting theological questions. He 
preaches the simple ti-uth of the Gospel and urges souls 
to take advantage of the invitation which is extended to 
accept salvation through Jesus Christ the Son of God. 

In the s.econd place, he makes and acknowledges mis- 
takes. He has received the best of training the institu- 
tions of learning have to give, but he is not above the 
possibility of mistake and is free to say so. The polished 
pulpit orator and leader may be nearer the ideal preacher, 
but may lack the human touch and personal contact we 
find in our pastor. We feel that he is one of us. We are 
not self-conscious while in his presence. 

In the third place, he adjusts himself quickly to all 

PAGE sue 


the varied conditions. No sudden turn in affairs finds 
him unprepared. No group, or gathering finds him in an 
embarrassed condition. Yet he is not one of these "Hail- 
fellowsAvell-met" mixers. He can give his best to a small 
congregation as well as to the overflowing audience — 
and he does it. He can launch a big program and make 
a success even of apparent failure. If things do not go 
his way, he will go their way and be sweet about it, so 
that in the end we realize he has the power of wise lead- 

In the fourth place, he does not wear distinctive clothes. 
He does not make us ashamed of the commonness of our 
homes in week-day array by calling in a formal Sunday 
suit. We are not afraid to shake hands with him when 
ours are covered with week-day grime and dirt. We will 
not be embarrassed if we visit him in his study during 
the week, no matter what kind of clothes our work re- 
quires. We are not afraid to meet him in familiar con- 

In the fifth place, he is sincere and speaks straight 
from the shoulder. There is not a member of the church 
but what he has hit at some time in his sermons. What 
is the use of having a pastor if he does not plainly and 
sincerely tell us how we may better our lives and condi- 
tions? We do not always agree with him in everything 
he advocates from the pulpit, but he is sincere in it and 
we are sincere in our beliefs. Therefore there is no need 
for petty bickerings. He never apologizes for sin or 
wrong, but goes to work to wipe it out. 

In the sixth place, he co-operates. He is not a one- 
man leader. Possessing leadership and executive power, 
yet he never does anything that he can get somebody 
else to do — even though it may not be quite so well done 
as the way in which he would have finished the task. He 
has surrounded himself with experts in the different 
phases of church work, so he can step out of the work- 
ing of the organization without causing even a ripple 
in the regular routine from week to week. He makes use 
of every organization and individual possible in the church 
to gain the best results. 

In the seventh place, he has a willingness to work. He 
does not say, "Go that way." His common expression is 
"Come." We never find him whiling away his time in idle 
chatter around some store. When he works, he works, 
and when he plays he plays all over, but he never loafs. 
Whenever dirty or unpleasant work is to be done around 
the building, we can count on our pastor to lead the work- 
ers — not merely to direct them. "Let George do it!" is 
not in his vocabulary. 

In the eighth place, he has dignity — without any stiff- 
ness — in the pulpit. We realize as soon as the church 
services are started that he is handling spiritual things 
with a dignity worthy of them. We do not forget what he 
is saying in our interest in his actions. It seems he has 
slipped over his shoulders the priestly robe of a divine 
representative of God. He conducts himself in a manner 
worthy of his Divine Message. Yet when we shake hands 
with him, we can feel the heart-throb of a human being 
striving for the realization of God's complete program 
among us. 

In the ninth place, he believes in us. We are not re- 
minded that we should congratulate ourselves upon se- 

curing the services of such a wonderful leader — although! 
personally we do. He never apologizes for his church peo- 
ple while mixing with the outside public — although he 
might have good reasons for doing so. He does not crit- 
icize our feeble efforts and long for better material tc 
work with. He makes the best use of what there is ai 
hand, and is always proud of the results. To hear hinr 
talk one would think this was the only church of whicV 
he had ever been the pastor. 

In the tenth place, he is building for the future. Nol 
his own future, but the best future for the church. Every- 
thing is planned and carried out as though he were goinj 
to be with us the rest of his life — and most of us hop< 
he will. He does not start something he knows he wil 
not care to finish himself. There is no big display, bu 
we are building a worthy church, bit by bit, that wil! 
be ready for future hands when he has given up the placil 
to another. 

A Thought for This Wee\ 

B. F. Burkhart 


W^en the pastor closes the Bible after completing th 
service, he usually goes to the back of the church ani 
greets each person by a hearty handshake, and often 
word of greeting. Then he goes to his home, more ofte 
than not completely exhausted in mind and body. Probabl; 
his first act will be to sit down and with bowed heat 
ask, "Did I do well. Lord?" His answer will come. Pel 
haps he knows that he did his best, but he also know 
that he still failed to reach the hearts of two or thre 
sinners in his congregation. He knows they are sinner: 
but they do not know he is aware of it — not knowing 
themselves sometimes. But he wonders why, when h 
preaches the Word, where it says plainly that all mus 
forgive, even as the Father will also forgive them, wh 
they cannot see it. They sit in the same pew; sing in th 
same choir, but they hate each other — so they will nc 
speak. Their egos are so extended that to be the first t 
ask forgiveness is impossible. 

The pastor ponders these things, then he will think <j| 
the others — the faithful and true, the "saints" which a 
churches have, and his heart lifts. "Perhaps God will te 
me what to say next Sunday," he thinks, "so that I ca 
shake them out of their stubborness." 

But, Sunday after Sunday, they come, each carryir 
his weight of hate, wasting the strength and time ar 
the very life of the pastor. 

Are you like that? 

"Faith knows nothing but success. Faith lifts its ham 
up through the threatening clouds, lays hold of Him Wl 
has all power in heaven and on earth. Faith makes tli 
uplook good, the outlook bright, the inlook favoi'able, ai 
the future glorious." 

Some say what they know, and some know what thi 


National Sunday School Association Page 

H. H. Rowsey, President 

The Boy and The Sunday Schoo 

rHE THREE INSTITUTIONS that cooperate in the 
community for the purpose of the real education of 
he boy are: the home, the school and the church. The 
greatest of these affecting boy life is the home. The home, 
Lowever, has been greatly weakened because of the vast 
nroads made upon our normal home life, and the boy, 
IS a result, has been deprived of his normal home her- 

Next comes the school. Perhaps the greatest weakness 
if our school system today — with all due respect to the 
advances made in its efficiency — is the lack of or little 
ttention paid to religious education. Since the coming of 
he decision which practically barred the teaching of the 
3ible in our schools, a far greater responsibility has been 
ast upon the other institution spoken of above. Our ques- 
ion is, "Is the church functioning as it should under the 
ircumstances in which it finds itself?" 

The Sunday school has always been a large force in 
he life of the boy. If ever there was a time when that 
orce needed to be brought to bear on the life of the youth, 
t is now. The boy sometimes thinks that he is getting 
11 tire education he needs in the time he spends in the 
lublic school, and he thinks of education as something 
hat lias been impressed upon him by the powers that be, 
rithout so much as asking his leave. Too many times he 
hinks of religious education in the same way. But he 
jiows that it cannot be impressed upon liim as is the 
ecular type. Therefore he often rebells at even the 
bought of it. But if he is made to see tliat here is some- 
hing very interesting, and that it is not necessarily a pain- 
ul pixjcess, he is likely easily led into the more valuable 
hings of life — the spiritual realities. 

The boy needs to be studied as well as taught. Seme- 
me has laid out eight i-ules for any teacher of boys. They 

1. Be earnest. Boys detect insincerity. 

2. Be mentally alert. Check the first sign of inatten- 
ion with a look, a question, a movement or a story. The 
ime to get attention is before it is lost. 

3. Be varied. Make it impossible for the boys to know 

"what's coming next." It is easier to "keep out" of a rut 
than to "get out" of one. 

4. Be sympathetic. Sympathy is the only element which 
will cause the boy to meet you more than half way. 

5. Be physically active. Not restless, but show some 
physical alertness if no more than real expression in the 
facial muscles. 

6. Be brief. Boys often discover your thoughts before 
you have them half expressed, and are way ahead of you. 
Loss of attention follows unnecessary words. 

7. Be ingenious. Take time to work out surprises — a 
simple experiment, an unusual object lesson, a curious 
drawing, or a contest. 

8. Be clear. Don't teach anything that is hazy in your 
own mind. Teach by illustration, but be sure it does not 
find a place in the boy's mind at the expense of the truth 
you wished to leave. 

Questioning is very valuable for the class. But don't 
become a "talking teacher." Ask questions for the pur- 
pose of attaining and ascertaining knowledge, of arrest- 
ing attention and of challenging thought. 

In teaching boys let us look always to the Ideal Teach- 
er — Jesus. His sayings reveal the methods of an ideal 
teacher; His illustrations are remarkably effective. He 
was a wonderful story teller and a good questioner. He 
always found a point of contact before advancing a truth. 
His teachings dealt with essentials, and He always brought 
out of His lessons, a definite conclusion. He frequently 
taught object lessons. And above all. He was Himself the 
embodiment of all that He taught. 

Sometimes the work which we do seems empty and 
success afar off, and we may very easily wonder whether 
it is all worth while. But if one of the class goes out 
and becomes a living witness for Christ and His Church, 
it is worth all the effort we have put into it, for that 
which we have taught becomes a living vital lesson, con- 
stantly repeated and lodged in the hearts of other boys, 
who in turn, will become other living witnesses. And then 
we will say, "After all, it was worth while." 

•,efft^ .. _. _ 

THe^M^; A (jXQaiQx M/ss/on ?xo<yiam 



Brethren Cliurcli History 

Dy IVev. rreeman jAnkrum 

A £ight In ^he lOilderness 

Two HUNDRED YEARS AGO there lived in Washing- 
ton County, Maiyland, a young German by the name 
of Jacob Bromback. The pronunciation or spelling of the 
name in later years may have been changed to Brum- 
baugh. As an orphan he came from the Fatherland of Ger- 
many and eventually found a home on the creek with the 
long Indian name, the Conococheague. He married a young 
lady of 'Dunker Faith, by the name of Angle, said to have 
been Martin Urner's first convert when he pioneered with 
the Gospel in Carroll County, Maryland. Some time fol- 
lowing his marriage, he was baptized and united with the 
church of which his wife was a member. His quiet man- 
ner of speech, with its accompanying humility, made this 
man feel at home with the Dunkers. All his life he was a 
farmer and a lay leader in the church. His farm was one 
of the show places on the western fringe of civilization. 
Men visited him to learn of his methods. His honre became 
one of the outposts in numerous ways on the frontier. 

In 1755, in April, when it was necessary to send forces 
to the Western section of Pennsylvania to attempt to gain 
control of disputed territory, the English General Edward 
Braddock and his aid, Young George Washington of Vir- 
ginia were assigned to the task. Washington headed the 
Virginia Provincials. Braddock and Washington had out- 
fitted a large number of men at Frederick, Maryland. From 
there they had started their march towai'd the Fort on 
Wills Creek in the narrows in what is now Cumberland, 

Leaving Frederick they had slowly wended their way 
over the heights which now bear the name of Braddock. 
The beautiful valley, now Middletown, was before them. 
iBeyond this loomed South Mountain. Slowly they made 
their way over this barrier by the site of the present city 
of .Boonsboro. Their course from here was southwest over 
a succession of low ridges known as the "Devil's Back 
Bone." The crossing of the Antietam was made near where 
the old Colonial school of Delamere now stands, which 
was some six miles southeast of this settlement of Hagers- 
town. Marching on from here a part of the army pitched 
tents near the home of Jacob Bromback on the Conoco- 
cheague. Both General Braddock and George Washington, 
from reports, spent the night in the home of the progu'es- 
sive farmer, Bromback. Knowing Washington's interest in 
Agriculture, we may believe that his purpose in talking 
to the successful farmer was more than military. 

General Braddock at once saw the ability and manifesta- 
tions of the skill of his host and is said to have offered 
him a commission in his army. This gave Jacob an oppor- 
tunity which he grasped to explain the peaceful principles 
of the Dunker people. 

That night old Fairview Mountain, just to the west of 
them looked down upon a scene which had much to do in 
shaping the destinies of people yet unborn. One historian 

paints a picture of these three men sitting and talking 
in this Dunker home. He says, "In the soft mellow light 
of the candlelighted room these three sat. Jacob Bromback 
talked in quiet tones of voice with words fitly spoken like 
'Apples of gold in a network of silver.' " 

Still the English General insisted that he accept a com- 
mission. After prolonged and serious discussion that night, 
they came to a compromise. True to his Dunker principles 
of faith, Jacob agreed to go only with the supply train 
and cai-e for the sick and wounded. No one will ever know 
the full impression this man made on his guests that night 
in the Godly home in the mountain's shadow, but there is 
evidence that it was not lost. 

On May 1, 1775, Jacob Bromback took leave of his fam- 
ily and accompanied the Army on its way west as it slowly 
chopped and hacked trails over the mountains and through 
the valleys. After much hard work they reached the Fori; 
on Wills Creek near the narrows. On this march Wash- 
ington was ill and spent much time riding in a litter. 
Who can say that .Bromback did not minister to him in his 
time of need? It is not the intent of this article to go 
into the tragedy of the events which befell Bx-addock and 
Washington on their way to Fort Duquesne and the Army. 
Every student of American History is familiar with the 
story. Tlie road back was long and the suffering was acute 
as Washington, now in command, led the residue back 
over the road over which they had previously passed with 
such high hopes. 

General Braddock was never permitted to return to the 
hospitable home of Bromback in Maryland. He found for 
himself a grave by the roadside. Washington read the 
burial service by flickering lights over the body of this 
man who fell, far from his home and fireside in old Eng- 
land. Today passing throngs speed over highway No. 40, 
known as the Old Pike or National Road, by the large 
gi-anite monument marking his last resting place, eleven 
miles east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. There is a possi- 
bility that, inasmuch as it was on the road back home, 
that Washington availed himself of the opportunity to 
stop again in the German home of Bromback. Likely they 
talked over the tragic events of the recent past and the 
many new graves in the wilderness. 

Washington liked the country in which Jacob Bromback 
lived. He selected a site on the Potomac where it is joined 
by the Conococheague for a possible National Capital. 
The wide streets in the small city of Williamsport are a 
reminder of the dream that was never fulfilled. When 
Washington looked over the location he was entertained in 
the home of General Otho Williams near the village. The 
house is still standing and is pointed out to the tourist, 
though it has been enlarged and changed since the days 
when its roof sheltered America's first citizen. 

For some reason, not made public, Bromback was given 
a large tract of land in Blair and Bedford Counties, Penn- 
sylvania. If a person could have later called Washington 
aside he might have been the possessor of the reason for 
this. The nights spent in the home of the pious man, as 
well as having him for a companion on the march, paid 
handsome dividends. That a Dunker should be given, far 
out on the frontier, a tract of land like this would arouse 
questions in the minds of many people. Who can say that 
Washington's hand was not back of the grant of land? 

MARCH 17, 1951 


When Washington, called to the highest place his coun- 
;ry had to offer, presided over the Constitutional Conven- 
;ion, is there any one who can say that he did not council 
:he placing of the clause guaranteeing religious liberty 
ind freedom of conscience ? Washington from his lofty 
leights of State may have remembered the lowly home 
it the mountain's foot, where the humble and soft spoken 
Dunker, in the flickering light of the candle, expounded 
;o the British General and himself the doctrine of Peace 
ind good will. 

A light indeed was he in the wilderness. Even though 
n later years the candle was consumed, the lights kindled 
jy it still shone forth. They had come in contact with 
1 man of God and contacts like that are not just for a 
lay in their fruitage. 

History is stingy with its records concerning the life and 
abors of Jacob Bromback. The men of those days had 
ittle time to keep records. Their energies were spent in 
he stern necessiy of wresting a living from unfriendly 
mrroundings. The soil was not unfriendly, but Indians re- 
sisted the encroachment upon their hunting ground and 
'orest homes. 

The work of Jacob .Broraback reminds us that the Laity 

have an important place in the work of the Lord Jesus 
Christ second only to the Minister. Perhaps testimony 
from a pious Layman is accepted when that of a Minister 
may be considered move or less professional. The history 
of the church would be different and perhaps less sad had 
there been more consecrated laymen to give testimony by 
word and deed to their faith. It is uncomplimentary to the 
Ministry, but the writer recalls ,a statement made in years 
not too far past that "the most of the troubles and divi- 
sions in the church may he laid at the feet of the Minsitry 
rather than at the feet of the Laymen." 

This Saint of God out on the Frontier of an iiifant nation 
let his light shine for all to see, who passed his way. It 
may be a coincidence, not too strange, that Jacob Brom- 
back and George Washington were both called the same 
year from this land which had taken so much from their 
lives. It was in 1799 that Jacob Bromback changed his 
home on the frontiers of America to the land where there 
are no frontiers. The call to come up higher fell upon liis 
ears. He exchanged the uncertainties of earth for the cer- 
tainties of the home not made with hands. He who had 
been faithful here had a chance to enter into the joys of 
his Lord in the Haven of Rest. 

The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by E. M. Riddle, Secretary 

Report of Home Mission Offering for 1950 


Bethlehem, Va $ 239.50 

ZJumberland, Md 35.25 

Calvary, N. J 40.00 

3.atewood, W. Va 22.80 

Hagerstown, Md 660.02 

Haddix, Ky 24.72 

Liberty, Va 7.00 

Georgetown, D.el 

:^imvood, Md 116.00 

Lost Creek, Ky 86.14 

Wathias, W. Va 25.00 

Waurertown, Va 181.71 

Wt. Olive, Va 74.00 

Dak Hill, W. Va 132.00 

3t. James, Md 132.50 

3t. Luke, Va 10.00 

Washington, D. C 215.00 

Misc. Southeast 8.50 


A.ltoona, Pa $ 144.55 

Berlin, Pa 379.25 

Brush Valley, Pa 51.25 

Cameron, W. Va 54.50 

Conemaugh, Pa 135.00 

Highland, Pa 46.00 

lohnstown First, Pa 585.30 

Johnstown Second, Pa 66.00 

JohnstowTi Third, Pa 532.54 

iVIasonto-svn, Pa 221.50 

Meyersdale, Pa 296.00 

Mt. Pleasant, Pa 

Pittsburgh, Pa 133.02 

Quiet Dell, Pa 48.00 

Raystown, Pa 29.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J 32.00 

Summit Mills, Pa 

Uniontown, Pa 69.00 

Terra Alta, W. Va 22.90 

Valley, Pa 47.32 

Vandergrift, Pa 39.00 

Vinco, Pa 384.87 

Waynesboro, Pa 25.00 

Misc. Pennsylvania 55.90 


Ashland, 550.00 

Bryan, 675.25 

Canton, 167.00 

Columbus, 60.84 

Dayton, 898.00 

Fairhaven, 41.25 

Fairview, 31.00 

Firestone Park, Akron, 0. . . 113.50 

Fremont, 58.92 

Glenford, 27.00 

Gratis, 135.00 

Gretna, 1,108.45 

Louisville, 392.50 

Mansfield, 100.00 

New Lebanon, 295.10 

North Georgetown, 87.00 

Pleasant Hill, 133.40 

Smithville, 556.50 

West Alexandria, 40.00 

Williamstown, 82.32 

Misc. Ohio 17.00 


Akron, Ind $ 8.00 

Ardmore, Ind 113.93 

Brighton, Ind 135.13 

Burlington, Ind 110.00 

Cambria, Ind 

Center Chapel, Ind 

College Comer, Ind 13.25 

Corinth, Ind 32.14 

County Line, Ind 10.00 

Denver, Ind 115.32 

Dutchtown, Ind 82.00 

Elkhart, Ind 437.00 

Flora, Ind 414.50 

Goshen, Ind 730.92 



Huntington, Ind 73.00 

Loree, Ind 205.00 

Mexico, Ind 113.20 

Milford, Ind 80.25 

Muncie, Ind 52.00 

Nappanee, Ind 415.00 

New Paris, Ind 515.16 

North Liberty, Ind 141.25 

North Manchester, Ind 222.65 

Oakville, Ind 149.00 

Peru, Ind 64.00 

Roann, Ind 66.15 

Roanoke, Ind 54.00 

South Bend, Ind 900.00 

Teegarden, Ind 

Tiosa, Ind 34.00 

Wai-saw, Ind 66.50 

Misc. Indiana 12.00 


Cerro, Gordo, III $ 17.00 

Lanark, 111 272.05 

Milledgeville, 111 312.00 

Udell, Iowa 62.50 

Waterloo, Iowa 338.50 

Misc. Central 2.00 


Carleton, Neb $ 46.06 

Cheyenne, Wyo 20.00 

Falls City, Neb 105.75 

Fort Scott, Kan 21.00 

Hamlin, Kan 5 00 

Morrill, Kan 57.50 

Mulvane, Kan 89.00 

Misc. Midwest 45.00 ' 

Portis, Kan 20.00 


Lathrop, Cal $ 38.50 

Manteca, Cal 48.00 

Stockton, Cal 27.50 - 

(6 churches have not reported.) 

Missionary Comments 

E. M. Riddle, Missionary Secretary 


The First Brethren Church of Bryan, Ohio, has prac- 
ticed something different for a few years. It is very sim- 
ple and surely a commendable example to the entire 
church. Instead of sending flowers at the time of funer- 
als—the classes, church, W. M. S., and individuals pur- 
chase a suitable card with appropriate message, then send 
the money, ordinarily spent for flowers, to the Secretary 
to be used for a worthy sei-vice. Our institutions have 
been the recipients many times. The following is the re- 
port for 1950 by Mrs. Lydia Kunkel, Secretary of this 
fund in the Bryan Church: 


Chapel Fund $10.00 

Brethren Home 22.50 

Leper Colony (Africa ) 20.00 

Foreign Missions 9.13 

Wheeler Home 5.00 

Flowers 9.00 

Fi-uit for sick 8.15 

Cakes for sick 5.25 

Home Missions 5.00 


Church Treasurer $15.00 

W. M. S. Treasurer 17.32 

C. F. B. Class Treasurer 29.21 

Mrs. Archie Hoy 11.00 

Mrs. Lydia Kunkle 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Erlsten 2.50 

Total $94.03 

E. M. R. 

Ther'e is one law which Jesus enjoined which has al- 
ways and everywhere absolute validity — the law of ab- 
solute love to God, and equal love to self and neighbor. 

Chaplain asks for 'Korean Scriptures 

The need for Korean Scriptures continue to be tremen- 
dous, according to word received by Dr. Frederick W. 
Cropp of the American Bible Society from Chaplain Har- 
old Voelkel, who is stationed in Korea. Captain Voelkel 
is now serving as an auxiliary chaplain at P. W. Camp 
No. 3 at Pusan. 

Many Christians who had to flee their homes lost their 
Bibles in the confusion, reported Chaplain Voelkel. There 
is a great demand also from civilian churches for Scrip- 

Books are needed also for R. 0. K's, both those in 
training and the wounded R. 0. K's in hospitals. These ; 
number hundreds of thousands to which should be added ■ 
134,000 POW's. 

A recent worship service conducted by Chaplain Voelkel 
was attended by approximately 5,500 prisoners. Several 
of the prisoners, who had been left a copy of the Korean 
New Testament at a previous visit were called upon to 
tell something of what they had learned from the book. 
Their replies showed they had read the Testament care- 
fully and had grasped the spiritual teaching of the Scrip- 
tures. When a copy of the Korean Scriptures was again 
offered nearly every hand was eagerly lifted. 

"It seems to me that here in Korea we have the choice 
of giving over this land to communism or offering them 
something better," the report concludes. 

The American Bible Society has been supplying Scrip- 
tures to Korea as a part of its World Emergency pro- 
gram. Two hundred and forty thousand Korean Scrip- 
tures have been foi-warded by the Society since the start 
of hostilities last June, in addition to many thousands of 
volumes furnished since the end of World War II. The 
Society plans to produce 50,000 more Korean Scripture ! 
volumes this year. 

Man needs divine help most in the conflict he has withi 

Sin is a short word and it often makes short work of' 
its victim. 

Pliant to God's purposes but unbending toward evil — 
that is the Christian ideal. 

MARCH 17, 1951 


Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

We note that the average attendance for February 1951 
in the Sunday School was 137 as compared to the aver- 
age in the same month in 1950 of 125. 

The Brethren Youth of Northeastern Ohio held their 
quarterly meeting at Smithville on Saturday, March 3rd. 
Brother Grisso says, "They had a good meeting, good at- 
tendance, good program and got a lot accomplished." 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother Harold Garland is conducting an 
evangelistic campaign in the Gratis Chuix:h, which will 
close on Sunday evening, March 18th. Brother Garland 
who has been pastor of the West Alexandria, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church for the past several years, has resigned fi'om 
that pastorate as of June 30th, and will devote much of 
his time to the field of evangelism. 

Brother Crick, Gratis pastor, was a recent guest speak- 
er at the Eaton, Ohio, Rotary Club Luncehon. He spoke 
on the subject, "Washington, The Leader." 

New Lebanon, Ohio. The Miami Valley Brethren Youth 
held their quarterly meeting at the New Lebanon Church 
on Sunday afternoon and evening, Febi-uary 25th. At the 
morning hour, a service sponsored by the Junior Sister- 
hood, three guest speakers from Ashland College were 
present to bring the messages: Miss Esther Zeche, Miss 
Rosalind Chen and Dr. Jorge Wenzel. These three also 
spoke to the Brethren Youth gathering. 

Brother Percy C. Miller, Berlin, Pennsylvania, pastor, 
is conducting an evangelistic campaign at New Lebanon. 
This campaign closes on March 18th. 

Brother Berkshire, New Lebanon pastor, says that on 
Sunday evening, February 18th, a special service was 
conducted by the Ohio District Committee on "Advance 
in Evangelism," of which committee he himself is a mem- 
ber. The message was delivered by Brother Floyd Sibert, 
with Brother Harold Garland having charge of devo- 
tions. These two are the other members of the commit- 
tee. The song service was led by Brother Ben Carey of 
Pleasant Hill. 

Dayton, Ohio. Holy Communion date at the Dayton Hill- 
crest Church is annnounced by Brother Whetstone as 
Sunday evening, March 18th. 

Bryan, Ohio. Brother E. J. Black says that the goal of 
425 has been set for attendance at the Easter Services. 

He announces that there have been six baptisms re- 

The Trustees have made arrangements to install equip- 
ment for the burning of gas in the furnaces and this will 
be done as soon as possible. 

Brother Black announces that evangelistic services will 
be conducted in the Bryan church from April 2nd to 15th, 
with Rev. V. D. Garen as evangelist. 

Peru, Indiana. We note that the ladies of the Pei-u 
Woman's Missionary Society were recently entertained by 
the ladies of the Denver, Indiana, Woman's Missionary 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. E. Meyer reports that 
as of March 4th that seven have been received by baptism 
and four by letter. This is the result of a meeting which 
was held by Brother W. E. Ronk, pastor of the Goshen 

The Junior and Senior Sisterhoods presented their Pub- 
lic Service on Sunday morning, March 4th, with Mrs. J. 
M. Bowman of Peru, Indiana, as their guest speaker. 

Forty-two members of the Nappanee church made up 
the delegation which attended the South Bend revival on 
Thursday night, March 1st. 

The New Boys' Brotherhood was organized on Monday 
evening, Febioiary 26th, with the Laymen's Organization 
sponsoring the meeting. Ted Price is the adult advisor. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King makes this sum- 
mary of their recent revival meeting: "Total offering for 
Rev. Melton— $673.15; Total offerings for expenses— 
$335.00; Average attendance at the 23 services — 174; To- 
tal responses to the invitation, apart from many rededi- 
cations — 53; Those already uniting with the church — 40." 
At the close of the final Sunday evening nieeting con- 
tributions by members and friends to a fund to send Mrs. 
King to South America to be with her daughter, Mrs. 
Robert Byler, for a while, amounted to $600.00. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother J. G. Dodds, pastor of 
the Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park Brethren Church, is con- 
ducting an evangelistic campaign at the Milledgeville 
church, which campaign closes on Sunday, March 18th. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentle says, "The 
preacher has been made happy again! The Friendly Cir- 
cle class has purchased a new steel desk for the study. 
Also Mr. and Mi-s. Grant Miller have given a living i-oom 
suite, a desk and bookcase, and table to the church." 

Brother Gentle calls attention to the goal of the Sun- 
day School which was set as "201 in '51." Well, every 
new one adds one. 

Morrill, Kansas. Brother Robert Bischof says that there 
was a general increase in Sunday School and evening at- 
tendance at the Morrill church during the month of Feb- 

The Laymens' Organization are busy at many things. 
Their latest project is the cleaning up of the Pony Creek 

Morrill is using the "deposit" method of collecting 
funds for the young people going to camp. Brother Bis- 
chof says that as of March 4th the sum of $37.00 has 
been deposited. 

Make youraelf an honest man and then you may be 
sure there \vill be one less rascal in the world. 

The Lord's big job is to get His church into the world, 
without getting the world into the church. 

The resources of God are promised only to those who 
undertake the program of God. 

Difficulties have a way of disappeai-ing when you laugh 
at them. 

To avoid old age keep taking on new thoughts and 
throwing away old habits. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Chrisciao Endeavor. 
Used bv permission." 

Topic for April 1, 1951 


Scripture: Acts 2:1-8, 22, 23, 32-41, 46, 47 

For The Leader 

DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL we will be study- 
ing the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church. The 
series begins with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pen- 
tecost, and concludes with the available power of the 
Spirit for today's Church work. The Holy Spirit is defi- 
nitely the power of the Church today. It has always been 
thus. A Church that seeks to operate without the power 
of the Spirit is merely an operating organization. There 
may be much activity, lots of fanfare and services, but, 
because it is operating without the Spirit, it accomplishes 
nothing spiritual for Christ. Thus it is important that 
we give consideration to the work of the Spirit in our 
churches. Let us give careful heed to the gospel truth 
concerning the Spirit. Let us learn how He operates in 
willing hearts and churches today. 


1. THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT. The closing words 
of our Lord just before being received into heaven gave 
promise of the coming of the Spirit. "Ye shall receive 
power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you." The 
implication is that there is no power in our lives for 
Christ unless we have given the Spirit full away in our 
lives. Jesus told them that after they would have re- 
ceived power, they would be His \vitn.esses in Jerusalem, 
Judea, and even unto the uttermost parts of the world. 
We thi'ill at the accounts of Paul, Peter and others as 
they labored under the &Qrit. Christ repeatedly empha- 
sized the matter of disdipleship to carry on His work. 
The Spirit is promised to be the director and power of 
that work. We, His servants, must be obedient to the call 
of the Spirit. 

lifeless, and dead spiritually today could well study the 
conditions which made the coming of the Spirit possible 
on the Day of Pentecost. You will note that they spent 
ten days in prayer, and we can scarcely spend ten min- 
utes. You will note that they were all of one accord, that 
is, they had one purpose — that of witnessing for Christ. 
Yet we today, even in local churches, and surely in De- 
nominations, have so many conflicting personal ambitions 
that one wonders how the Spirit can operate in our midst 
at all. So, they prayed, and they prayed, and they cen- 
tered their thoughts on one thing, which was to spread 
the gospel. Would that we of the Brethren Church would 
concentrate on the one great purpose of the Church — that 
of evangelism. 


they had prayed, we note, that the house was shaken, 
and the Holy Spirit entered into their midst. And what 
wonderful results came. Today, people would say they 
were emotional, religious fanatics, or would throw them 
out of the church because they caused a disturbance. But 
we dare not overlook one thing which happened on that 
day. Because they were emotional, religious fanatics, or 
caused "a disturbance," there were three thousand people 
won to Christ on that day. Today we dare not show any. 
sign of emotion in our worship. Anyone who happens to 
have a little joyous zeal in their faith is classed as a 
religious fanatic. It is true that even emotionalism and 
"religious fanaticism" does not pi'oduce many souls won 
to Christ today. But don't you think even that is caused 
by the coldness and hardness of hearts of most church 
people ? The Spirit cannot operate in a church that has 
cold hearts. People may be baptized and received into 
membership, but they will not be won to Christ and saved 
eternally if the church membership recoils against such 
"a display." 

Christ's return to heaven, the disciples have been charged 
with but one commission. That charge is to go into all 
the world and make disciples out of all peoples, teach- 
ing them and baptising them. Mere man is powerless to 
cope with the problems of sin, opposition, hardship, priva- 
tion and failures. Had the evangelism program of Christ 
been left to mere man, the gospel never would have got- 
ten outside of Jerusalem, nor would it have survived the 
firet few years following Christ's return to heaven. The 
Church today is a testimony to the power of the Holy 
Spirit as He does His best with errant, undependable 
man. (Our big amazement today is how the Spirit gets 
anything done in our churches.) So, the purpose of the 
Spirit is to empower and convict. He wants to empower 
every Christian to be a true witness for Christ. He wants 
to convict every simiing soul of its need for Christ as a 
personal Saviour. 

SPIRIT. We note in scripture that some efforts on the 
part of the disciples succeeded mai-velously, but that 
others failed. And you will note that when a thing was 
in the will of God, and empowered by the Spirit, it suc- 
ceeded. So, if the Spirit is to operate in our churches to- 
day, we must first of all be in the will of God. That as- 
surance is brought about only through much prayer, sup- 
plication and humbleness. If our heai-ts are proud and 
lifted up in boastfulness, God cannot work through us. 
It is interesting to note how boastful people are today. 
These are the days when people are lifted up in their own 
conceits. We challenge these people to get on their knees 
and find out what God thinks of them. We must also be 
willing to go where God wants us to go. Most of the time 
we are thrilled to serve God as long as it is in the places 
of honor and ease. But does it occur to us that often the 
place of honor and ease is not in the will of God? The 
willing servant will serve where the Master wants Him, 
and will produce great results. Better to be in the will 
of God in a cannibal's soup kettle, than to sit in high 
places outside of His will. By prayer and seeking, we 
can know the purpose of the Spirit. Results of Pentecost 
calibre will then be possible today. 

MARCH 17, 1951 


raijer 1/lleeting 


When Jesus stood by that Samaritan well 
And saw the outcast woman drawing near, 
He did not hasten to the town to tell 
Some passer-by what sinful one was here; 
He did not change or raise His tone of voice. 
Or in condemnatory words address her; 
He did not harshly judge her, but of choice 
Gave sympathy and made Himself confessor: 

To Him she was of God's creation, though sinning; 

To Him she was a woman with a soul 

That needed courage, hope, a new beginning, 

Po make her life once more grow straight and whole; 

He saw a shining possibility — 

Not what she was, but all that she could be! 

— Kathryn Wright. 

JESUS, THE BEST SOUL WINNER, worked with in- 
dividuals, one at a time (John 3:1-3). His sermons to 
individuals were just .as good as those He gave to the 

Jesus would not have people think there was any rival- 
ry between Him and John the Baptist (John 4:1-3). En- 
route to Galilee Jesus chose the most rugged and tire- 
some journey through an unfriendly country in prefer- 
ence to the scenic and easy Jordan valley route (John 
4:4). Why? Because He was led of the Spirit to do this 
(Luke 4:1). We can all have divine leadership (Isa. 20: 
21; Ezek. 36:27; Psa. 37:23.) 

At about noon Jesus and His disciples came to Jacob's 
well, and Jesus rested on the well curb (John 4:5, 6). It 
was not the custom for women to come to the well at 
midday, but in gi-oups at morning or evening. But here 
came a sinful woman alone, perhaps with evil intent (Vs. 
7, 8'. Yet the worst sinners often long for the good life 
because they have learned that sin does not satisfy 
(Prov. 5:4). It is often easier to reach a poor deep-dyed 
sinner than a self-righteous, moral sinner (Matt. 21:31). 
The deep-dyed sinner knows he needs a change whereas 
the moral person often trusts in his own goodness for 
salvation (Luke 18:9-14). 

But there was a divine purpose in this meeting as the 
seeking Saviour had been led to choose the roundabout 
instead of the usual route to Galilee (John 10:16). Jesxis 
made a tactful approach to this woman (John 4:7). She 
thought of racial and religious barriers, but Jesus thought 
only of a needy soul who needed the better life (Vss. 
9-12; Acts 10:34, 35). He told her about the wonderful 
joy of being a Christian (John 4:13, 14). Like the crowd 
that followed Jesus for the loaves and fishes (John 6:34, 
51, 52, 66) she wanted material advantages (John 4:15). 
She is not yet ready to become a Christian, and so the 

Surgeon of the soul probes into the cancer of her sin to 
make her feel the burden of the wrong in her life (Vs. 
16). She makes an honest confession (Vss. 17, 18). 

To arouse an uninterested prospect for salvation, begin 
on sin. If he is already convicted and wants to be saved, 
tell him HOW. To the uncon\'icted, begin on the sin ques- 
tion with Scripture. Sometimes, like this woman, they will 
want to change the subject to "My church is as good as 
yours," etc. (Vs. 19, 20). When you press the spiritual 
issue they like to talk about the religion of their rela- 
tives. But the issue is between the individual soul and 
his God (Vss. 21-24). How did this woman "know that 
the Messiah cometh?" (Vs. 25). When she showed a 
hungry heart Jesus revealed the Redenreer to her (Vs. 26). 

When the disciples returned they marvelled that Jesus 
would talk to that kind of a shabby character (Vs. 2T). 
But the woman left her water pot at the well, symbolic 
of the way she left her old life of sin (Vs. 28: 2 Cor. 
5:17). The longing of her heart was satisfied and she 
wanted others to have the same joy (Vss. 29, 30). Jesus 
was too happy to eat what the disciples had brought Him 
for dinner (Vss. 31-34). He thought of the converted 
Samaritans as typifying the lost people of the world wait- 
ing to be saved (Vss. 35-38). 

The woman who forgot her waterpot took the Water of 
Life which refreshes eternally. She had only a limited 
knowledge of Jesus, yet she won a whole city to Him 
(Vss. 39-42 . We have more knowledge than she. Are we 
doing what she did? 

Qonnneuts on the Lesson hy the Editor 

Lesson for April 1, 1951 


Lesson: Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31 

TODAY WE BEGIN a new series of lessons, moving 
from the the New Testament back to the very first 
book in the Old Testament — Genesis. 

The Lesson Committee has called this quarter's lesson 
studies, "The Unfolduig Drama of Bible History." It is 
made up of a series of studies relative to God's dealings 
with man in His choice of a "People for His Name," and 
at the close of the quarter we are Led back to where we 
left off at the end of last quarter, and return to the 
mission of the church as it was left to man by Christ 
Himself. Consequently we must realize that such a se- 
ries of studies must be at least but sketchy, and much 
material will have to be omitted that should be there. 

In moving to the Old Testament we find that we do 
not leave the Son of God, (whom we left in our closing 
lesson of last quarter as Risen from the dead) for we 
find Him almost immediately in the 26th veres of Gen- 
esis, chapter one, "And God said, Let us make man ..." 




We get a very definite comment on this from John 1:1-3, 
and especially in verse 3, where John says, "All things 
were made by him, and without him was not anything 
made that was made." The "him" of course, refers to the 
"Logos" — "The Word" — "Jesus Christ Himself," who was 
"in the beginning with God, and who became co-Creator 
with Him in the forming of "The heavens and the earth" 
as recorded in our Genesis passage. So we, in reality, are 
continuing our study of Jesus — however we do it in re- 

Today we spend our time in looking at "God's Won- 
derful Creation" — specifically the earth upon which we 
dwell. In our comments here we are going to take it for 
granted that you are so familiar with the lesson text 
that we will do little more than refer to it. Suffice it to 
say, that first of all, if we are to get anything at all out 
of this series of lessons, we must immediately acknowl- 
edge that "God is the Creator of all things." The second 
thing we must realize is that God, as He looked upon 
His creation, "saw that it was good. The third thought 
that must draw our attention is that God made a won- 
derful provision for the care of all His creation. Therefore, 
it is well that we realize that God's creation must be 

Now what happened to this wonderful creation of God? 
That is not taken up in this lesson but we will meet it 
in next Sunday's study. The thing we are interested in 
particularly here is the fact of God's power over the en- 
tire universe. You, no doubt, will read these comments 
before Sunday, April 1st. The night you read them, go 
out into the great out-of-doors, look up at the sky, and 
if the night be clear, you will see a myriad of twinkling 
stars — stars so far away in space that in many cases, 
should their light have gone out at the time when Jesus 
was bom, their light would still be coming to the earth 
for us to see. Out of that great universe which is spoken 
of in the first verse of our lesson, as God having created 
"the heavens and the earth," God chose our little planet 
and with great care prepared it with just enough pro- 
portions of cei-tain elements to make it possible for us to 
"live and move and have our being" thereon. He pre- 
pared the coal, the gas, the oil, the electric energy — in 
fact, everything that makes this old world tenable for 
men, before He made His crowning creation, in His own 
image — man. 

There is enough to think about here for a dozen stud- 
ies; but there is sufficient in our thought to make us 
bow in humble thankfulness that we, as a part of God's 
wonderful creation, have been told that we are to have 
a part in "subduing" this part of His wonderful crea- 
tion — the earth. We are God's workmen; God's helpers; 
to aid Him in keeping His wonderful creation, wonder- 
ful still. Are we doing our part in this task? 

The primary task of the church was in the beginning, 
is now, and always will be until such time as it is taken 
away at the Rapture, the preaching of the Gospel to the 
ends of the earth. 

Truth was made for the heart as well as the head, 
and the weakness of much that passes for truth in the 
modern woi-ld is that it has forgotten that man has a heart. 

Dr. Charles L Ampach 

Honored by Freedoms Fouridation 

DR. CHARLES L. ANSPACH, President of Central 
Michigan College, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and 
fonner President of Ashland College, was honored by 
Freedoms Foundation, Inc., at a special ceremony at Val- 
ley Forge, Pennsylvania, which was held on Washington's 
Birthday, Febrtiary 22nd, in honor of the day. The cere- 
monies began at 11:00 A. M. and continued until 1:00 P. 
M., with the program receiving radio and television cov- 

During the course of the ceremonies Dr. Anspach was 
presented with the Foundation's award, and his address 
was also broadcast over N. B. C. General Omar N. Brad-J 
ley presented the award to Dr. Anspach, which was th« 
Foundation's medal of honor and a cash prize of $300.00 

We quote from "Central Michigan Life," Central Col- 
lege paper: "President Anspach was selected by Free- 
doms Foundation, Inc., to receive its highest award ii 
the commencement address catagory for his annual 195( 
Annual Swingout Speech, 'To the Future.' . . . Th< 
speech has been reprinted in several publications, includ- 
ing the July 1, 1950 edition of 'Vital Speeches.' Freedom! 
Foundations, Inc., is a recently established, non-political 
non-sectarian, non-profit group which annually award) 
those 'whose outstanding achievements have brought abou' 
a better understanding of the American way of life.' Thii 
is the second year the awards have been made. 

"A news account of last year's celebration indicatei 
that 121 awards were made in 12 categories, and in 10 Un 
classified divisions. Such national figures as HerberU 
Hoover, Robert A. Taft, John Foster Dulles, and other 
were among the winners last year." 

Dr. Anspach holds his membership in the Ashland, Ohic 
First Brethren Church. ' 

If the Christ-like preacher bums, infoi-ms, warms anil 
pleads, we will forget twelve o'clock and stay to hea 
God speak through His prophet. j 

[ARCH 17, 195,1 



By Mrs. G. K Drushal 

cleaning flood mud out of basement. Ada Lu pretty sick. 
Kept onion plaster on her for forty-five minutes. Cleared 
up her lungs quite a bit. 

Friday, February 16. Adah came over at one o'clock 
this morning, saying Ada Lu was worse and for us to 
go over. Papa and I had prayer together at once, then 
I dressed and he continued in prayer while I went over. 
After he went over he found us all three asleep. Much 
better today. Oreen and Billie Baker quite sick with 
measles. Received box of clothing from Mrs. Coppedge, 
San Francisco, California. Received two applications for 
school next year. 

Saturday, February 17. A tinack with IOV2 tons of hay 
hay upset as it went over our little culvert by our bam. 
No one hurt. Our boys helped to recover the hay and 
with an all-'push-together, they pushed huge truck up- 
right. More fun for boys than driver. 

Tuesday, February 6. Tried to get car over "slip" but 
)uld not. Car slipped over bank in ti-ying, but tree caught 
;. Boys wanted to go to Jackson to practice ball, but 
jads too slippery. Barometer falling fast now at bed- 
me— 10:30. 

Wednesday, February 7. Heavy wind storm last night, 
larometer rising with cold, piercing wind. Hard to heat 
uildings, except Wheeler Home. Boys got to Jackson to 
lay Jackson Hi. we lost, score — 49-36. Not bad for our 
oys who could not practice. Papa not well, so Mr. Hall 
>d prayer-meeting which was held in the dining room, 
lordon took Leatherwood school children home in truck. 
iTien he did not return an hour after he was due, started 
oys up icy road to see what was the matter. He had 
otten stuck in one of the "slip.s"^ — Arthur Combs pulled 
im out. Got car over "slip" in our road, although it was 

dangerous proceeding. Bus still penned in. No "Sale" to- 
ay on account of icy roads. Did not get to Rowdy prayer- 

Friday, February 9. Got box of Valentines for chil- 
ren from Mi-s. Ralph Flickinger, Lanark, Illinois. Ada 
M still running high temperature. 

Saturday, February 10. Papa, Gordon and I went to 
lazard, where Papa preached the funeral of Matilda 
Smith, old Riverside girl, who died in Califoi-nia. She had 
bund a Brethren Church out there and had remained 
aithful. (Wish all of our scattered Riverside children 
ould find Brethren Churches to attend.) 

Sunday, February 11. Could not get bus over slip, so 
vent to Rowdy in truck, and picked up what children 
ve could. Found out today that folks at Tom's Branch 
ind Rowdy went ahead with Sunday schools last Sunday 
vhen none of us could get there. Wonderfully pleased. 

Monday, February 12. Ada Lu still quite sick. Sent for 
)r. Lewis from Jackson. She has pneumonia and measles. 
3i-een Fugate also has measles, and Susie Deaton, bron- 
;hitis. Boys played Vicco and got beat. Received a box 
>f used Christmas cards for children from Brethren Home, 
»ent by Emma Berkheiser. 

Tuesday, February 13. To Lexington on e,arly bus. Ar- 
lett Napier, teacher of our young men's Sunday school 
;lass here, was on bus going to Cincinnati to try to get 
ffork. Young men who are not being called to the Ser- 
dce are leaving for the cities to work. Wish we had a 
;hurch in Cincinnati. A friend who works among Jews 
in Cincinnati, tells us that he has visited over 100 churches 
there and only so far found one where the old-fashioned 
Sospel was being preached. Had a chance to talk to four 
people on bus about the Bible. Gave a young fellow who 
soon enters Sei-vice, a Gospel of John, Bible Reading Rec- 
3rd and tract. Received box of cookies from Cerro Gordo, 

Thursday, February 15. Gordon began awful job of My say so is to be built on God's say so. 

"Ghe College Chapel Diary 
As Obseroed by The Editor 

We are glad to be able to see activity again across the 
street from the Publishing House, and will endeavor to 
give our readers a day by day report of these activities 
in the building of the Ashland College Chapel. We begin 
with : 

Monday afternoon, March 5th. Three men put in their 
appearance and began the setting of forms that the ce- 
ment might be poured to bring the level to the top of the 
cement liner blocks already in, that is to gi-ound level. A 
load of reenforcing steel rods was unloaded. 

Tuesday, March 6th. A bright sun shines and more 
forms were set. Then in the afternoon the cement was 
poured on the west side and a little on the south side. 
More forms were set. 

Wednesday, March 7th. Despite the rain which fell last 
night during the early hours, the men continue working. 
Contractor Forbes told me that the steel is all ready to 
bring in and that just as soon as the cement work is 
completed, and the basement walls are finished, the steel 
ttill begin to rise. The forms have been placed on the 
other sides of the basement walls and the cement is be- 
ing poui'ed this afternoon.. It cleared up during the morn- 
ing and the fine weather prevails. 

Thursday, March 8th. Just had conversation with Con- 
tractor Forbes and he says that the present structure is 
now eight inches above ground level. Those of you who 
have been in Ashland and have seen the "hollow" where 
the Chapel is being built vnW realize that considerable 
of the basement is in when it now rises eight inches 
above the level of College Avenue. The next task will be 
to set the steel window frames and such doors as will 
be in this basement wall. Then the wall will continue up 
to first floor level. 

(Continued next week) 



Additional Publication Offering 

February 8 — March 6 

CharLes L. Anspach, Mt. Pleasant, Mich $ 10.00 

Member of Mathias, W. Va. Brethren Church . . 2.00 

New Paris, Indiana, Brethren Church 126.55 

Mulvane, Kansas, .Brethren Church 21.55 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Johns 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Leslie 2.75 

Peru, Indiana, Brethren Church 21.00 

Denver, Indiana, Brethren Church 43.75 

Mt., Brethren Church (Georgetown, Del.) 151.00 

Vinco, Pa., Brethren Church 165.27 

Udell, Iowa, Brethren Church 10.50 

Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church 72.00 

W. D. PuiTy, Hagerstown, Maryland 5.00 

Nappanee, Indiana Brethren Church (additional) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Erbaugh, West Milton, Ohio 10.00 

Dayton, Ohio, Hillcrest Brethren Church 100.00 

Mr. & Mrs. James Benshoff, Johnstown, Pa 10.00 

Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church 52.94 

Mrs. Sadie Fauss, Jersey City, N. J 1-00 

Individual, Waynesboro, Pa 10.00 

Jones Mills, Pa., Valley .Brethren Church 38.00 

Twelve Mile, Indiana, Corinth Brethren Church 20.75 

Oak Hill, W. Va., Brethren Church 60.00 

Riverside Christian Training School 20.00 

Phyllis Gault, Glens Falls, N. Y 25.00 

Pittstown, N. J., Calvary Brethren Church .... 14.00 

Berlin, Pa., Brethren Church • 119.25 

Glenford, Ohio, Brethren Church 10.00 

Mt. Olive Va., Brethren Church 22.00 

Masontown, Pa., Brethren Church 74.00 

Quiet Dell, W. Va., Brethren Church 9.60 

Burlington, Ind., .Brethren Church 82.44 

Highland, Pa., Brethren Church 11.00 

Annabelle Men-ifield, Wimietka, 111 2.00 

Tiosa, Ind., Brethren Church 21.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Leidy, Conemaugh, Pa 5.00 

Mrs. Cliester Myers, Johnstown, Pa 5.00 

Mrs. Julia Wertz, Conemaugh, Pa 3.00 

Miss Lois Wei-tz, Conemaugh, Pa 13.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Wertz, Conemaugh, Pa... 15.00 

Woman's Missionary Society, Conemaugh, Pa. . . 5.00 

Mrs. Hai-ry Hartman, Wakarusa, Ind 1.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Brethren Church 17.35 

Sergeantsville, N. J., Brethren Church 11.00 

Vida Ray, West Alexandria, Ohio 1.50 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, Brethren Church 18.00 

Milford, Ind., Brethren Church 51.94 

Johnstown, Pa., Tlrird Brethren Church 48.20 

Ashland, Ohio, Park Street Brethren (add'l) . . 25.00 

Previously reported $1,664.89 

Total to 3-6-51 $3,101.23 


Mrs. Guy C. Lichty, Falls City, Neb $ 5.00 

John H. Lichty, Falls City, Neb 5.00 

Mrs. Jean Shartle, Office Secretary. 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allten Miller 

V. Man: His Mission and Destiny 

In the preceding lesson we saw how man was God'' 
offspring and how he might become God's son in th 
highest sense. Man is God's creation. 

First of all God made man the keeper of His Gardeij 
Before his ci-eation God had said in His plan, "Let u: 
make man in our image and after our likeness: and k 
them have dominion over ... all the earth ..." Genesi 
1 :26. Besides, after his creation He "Took the man, an 
put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to kee 
it." Genesis 2:15. 

But this is not all. Man has more important relatior 
than these very material ones. There is the family. An 
is it not remarkable that the marriage institution lie 
upon the same level as man's religious obligations? Ger 
esis 2:25. The sacredness of the marriage relation, a reU 
tion between husband and wife is vital and essentiall 
one that it cannot be broken, is equally attested by bjt 
Old and New Testaments. Then there are r,!l the othe 
personal relations, those of the community and the Stat 
— on each of these God has spoken. It is through thes 
institutions that the race is propagated and nurtured. 

But the supreme mission of Man on earth may be foun 
in that New Testament word of St. Paul, "For we ai 
God's fellow- workers"; "We are ambassadors on beha 
of Christ." I Corinthians 3:9; 5:20. 

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Items of general LiteiTst 

Washington, D. C. Brother C. S. Fairbanks announces 
the first Junior Christian Endeavor service as being con- 
ducted on Sunday evening, February 27th. He also says 
"Recently some of our young people have been giving us 
some very fine special music on Sunday evenings. A group 
of these girls who have brought this special music have 
now united to form an all-girl choir." 

The recent "Cash Day" offering amounted to $1,301.00, 
thus going over the usual goal of $1,250.00. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Freeman Ankrum con- 
ducted three nights of pre-Easter services, March 21st to 
23rd. A Sunrise Service and Breakfast is scheduled for 
Easter Sunday morning. 

We learn from Brother Ankrum's bulletin of March 
11th that the Southeastern District Brethren Youth Ral- 
ly is scheduled to be held in our Hagerstown, Maryland 
Church on Friday night, April 13th. Nothing superstitious 
about this group, evidently. 

Linwood, Maryland. Brother E. M. Riddle is holdirfg an 
evangelistic meeting for Brother Dyoll Belote in the Lin- 
wood Church. The meeting began on Tuesday evening, 
March 13th and will close on Easter Sunday, March 25th. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. We see by Brother 
Elmer Keek's bulletin that the evening attendance dur- 
ing the month of February averaged 68% of the morn- 
ing attendance. That is a very good average. 

Brother Keck reports that since July 10, 1949 ten peo- 
ple have been added to the Valley Church membership, 
white four have been lost by transfer and one by death. 

The Valley Church Benevolent offering was one-third 
greater this year than it was in 1950. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Brother Benshoff reports that the 
Meyersdale church held a "Cash Rally Day" on March 11th 
to raise funds to meet repair bills and other expense 
repair on Organ, purchase of Choir Robes, improvements 
on the parsonage, and other incidentals. 

Pre-Easter sei-vices were held from Tuesday through 
Tliursday evenings. The Spring Communion is being obn 
served on Easter Sunday evening. 

Masontown, Penna. We note that Brother Henry Bates, 

of the Ashland Theological Seminary faculty is the guest 
speaker at Masontown for the Pre-Easter Services and the 
Easter morning service. 

Brother William Keeling, Masontown pastor, announces 
the organization of a "Sunshine Choir." This choir is com- 
posed of between twenty and twenty-five youngsters un- 
der the age of fourteen years. 

Ashland, Ohio. On Sunday evening, March 11th, the fine 
Sunday School Orchestra of the Park Street Church pre- 
sented forty minutes of fine orchestra music of the high- 
est type as their contribution to the evening seiwice. This 
orhestra is under the direction of Miss Jeanne Lindower, 
Following this program Brother Rowsey brought an in- 
terpretation of Sallman's latest painting, "Christ, Oui 
Pilot." At the close of the evening sei'S'ice the Brethrer 
Youth held another of those fine interesting Youth Fel- 
lowship gatherings in the basement of the church. Theii 
motto seems to be "Fun, Films, Food and Fellowship,' 
for this part of the evening. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John T. Byler announces thai 
Brother L. V. King, pastor of our Elkhart, Indiana, Breth 
ren Church, will be the evangelist for a two week perioc 
of evangelism at Louisville from April 15th to 29th. 

Brother Byler is scheduled to speak each morning ai 
8:30 o'clock over the Canton Radio station WCMW fron 
March 26t'h to 30th. If you can get this station you will b« 
well paid for tuning in on his messages. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother S. M. Whetstone conducted favu 

nights of pre-Easter services — Tuesday through Thursday 
Wednesday night, March 14th, marked the close o: 
Brother Whetstone's "Ten Wednesday Nights of Evan 
gelism." This closing night of these services was also des 
igiiated as "Family Night," with a luncheon and a tims 
of fellowship. We are awaiting the report on these "Tei 
Nights," for according to reports this new departure ii 
the field of evangelism has had more than an ordinary 

The sound film "God of the Atom," which is announcec 
as "an extra good picture," was shown at the Hillcres' 
f^hurch on Sunday evening, March 11th. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We note that the Sunday eveninj 
services were dismissed on March 11th in order that a: 
many as possible could attend the closing service of thi 
evangelistic meeting which Brother Virgil Meyer, Nap 
panee pastor, was conducting for Brother Claud Studel 
baker in the South Bend Church. 

Holy Communion in the Nappanee Church was observei 
on Thursday evening, March 22nd. 

(Continued on Page 10) 

ARCH 24, 1951 


'^Vlow T^hat Cent Is Vast 


riE TIME OF LENT, observed by Protestant and 
Catholic alike, has been built into the Church cal- 
idar for centuries. A time, which beg'ins forty days be- 
Tfi Easter and ends on Good Friday, has been set apart 
1 a time of abstinence and prayer. To tnuly obsei've this 
me one should follow the ideal set up by the early 
lurch fathers and thus "abstain from all food every 
sting day until evening. Public amusements, especially 
age plays, are to be a prohibition, and the celebration 
birthdays and marriages is held as unsuitable. In- 
eased diligence in almsgiving and deeds of charity are 
[joined" (Encyclopedia Britannica). 

A great many people are in the habit of observing the 
ne of Lent with great fei-vor. It is a special time to 
)Btain from doing the things they are in the habit of 
ling — things that, often, are activities which should not 
I indulged in at any time of the year. They observe the 
mten season abstinence, feeling that thus they are ab- 
Iving themselves from the condemnation that should 
me upon them for the generally unapproved activities 

the remaining weeks of the year. 
The writer once saw a sign in a window where were 
splayed many bottles of the so-called "social beverages." 
Ve would call them by a far different name.' This sign 
ad: "Now that Lent is over, let us eat, drink and be 
en'y." I could never see why they did not put the rest 

the saying on that sign and add there the truth which 
as to come, "for tomorrow we may die'," This sign is 
ashes before my mind every Easter time, and this year 

led me to think of what many people think and feel 
)out the time following the Lenten Season. 
Some say, "We have abstained from the forbidden foods 
lese many days. Now, we can eat anything we want to." 
nd they proceed to eat a gr-eat meal of all the Lenten 
irbidden foods. But I remember that our Lord, in speak- 
g to His disciples, once said, "Therefore I say unto you, 
ake no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither 
ir your body, what ye shall put on. The life is more 
lan meat, and the body is more than raiment" (Luke 
!:22, 23). 

Again some may say, "We have not indulged in many 
lings we are in the habit of doing during this time of 
ent. Now that Lent is over we can do anything we want 
I do. For we have abstained as we were told we should 
/ the church, and now we are going to do what WE 

How many of you have read advertisements that ran 
ke this ? "Post-Lenten Party — Fine Orchestra, with plenty 
1 eat and drink." Or, one like this: "Post Easter Dance 
-Sunday night from 9:00 o'clock till 2:00 A. M." Lent 
as over — they were ready to go back to their old man- 
er of living. 

And we are sure to find some saying, "Now that Lent 
is over we do not need to think in terms of sacrifice any 
more." Have they really made any genuine sacrifices ? 
What is sacrifice anyway? We only have to turn to a 
common dictionary definition to find out what it really 
means — "To give up, relinquish, or yield for the sake of 
another pereon or thing; to surrender or devote with 
loss or suffering; the giving up of some cherished or de- 
sired object, as for the sake of another." It is just barely 
possible that these have made some charitable gifts out 
of their abundance; but have they really made any sacri- 
fice at all ? 

This brings us to the real thought we have in mind. 
IVIaybe we did observe the days of Lent punctiliously; 
maybe we did fast and abstain from forbidden foods; 
maybe we did listen each day to the Lenten sermons 
which came over the radio (at least we had the radio 
turned on); maybe we did pause each day, perhaps each 
hour (when we thought about it) to offer up a little prayer 
in our owm behalf. BUT did we do it ^^^th the thought 
that thissacrificeof our time and self-indulgence (if we could 
call failing to eat our favorite foods, and drink our favor- 
ite beverages a sacrifice) as being made because our 
Lord Jesus Christ made a greater sacrifice than any of 
us could possibly think of making? Was our "sacrifice" 
a sacrifice for Him and in His name? Did we do some- 
thing for some one else in His name and not in our own, 
with no thought of reward ? Was whatever sacrifice we 
may have made one that we will forget to follow up dur- 
ing the remaining days of the year? Did we think fhat 
just because we observed faithfully the days of Lent, that 
nothing more would be required of us the remaining weeks 
of the year ahead? 

Let us permit the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews 
answer this last question: (Hebrews 13:15, 16) — " . . . 
let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, 
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 
But to do good and communicate forget not; for with such 
sacrifices is God well pleased." Does that not about set- 
tle the whole matter for us? 

To the Christian the passing of the last day of Lent 
should mean that the time is nearly here when we look 
into the "Empty Tomb" where they laid the broken and 
bi-uised body of the Son of God, only to find that sanxe 
tomb empty on the Resurrection Morning. Now that Lent 
is over we are ready to find a time of rejoicing in the 
cry of the Angel, "He Is Risen — He Is Not Here. Come, 
See The Place Where The Lord Lay!" And in the joy of 
the certain knowledge of the Risen Lord, we find the true 
meaning of the days that have gone before — through suf- 
fering and sacrifice to glory. 

Think it over! 




"Then one of the twelve, called Judas 
Iscariot, loent unto the chief priests, and 
said unto them. What will ye give me, 
and I will deliver him unto you? And 
they covenanted tvith him for thirty 
pieces of silver." — Matthew 26:14-15. 

"He (Judas) then having received the 
sop went immediately out: and it was 
night." — John 13:30. 

fl Wlere H<^ndful of Silver, or 
Tlie Bup of Tfie Lord - 
'Wkicli ? 

WHERE WAS JUDAS when Jesus instituted the sac- 
rament of the Last Supper? Was he present or 
absent during those sacred and holy moments when the 
Master commanded them to "do this in remembrance of 
me!" The records seem to indicate that he had left the 
room. As John put it, "He then, having received the sop, 
went out straightway, and it was night." Opinion seems 
to agree that it was after his departure that Jesus broke 
the bread and poured the wine in that peculiarly sacred 
sense and instituted what we know as the "Bread and the 

Why did Judas leave so suddenly? Wliy did he plunge 
forth into the night without further word with any of 
them ? Why did he turn his back upon the Cup of the 
Lord? Because he had already chosen a handful of silver 
as his portion. "And they weighed unto him thirty pieces 
of silver," said Matthew. Judas had his choice and he 
took it. That choice shut him out of Christ's fellowship 
— but he took it. That choice headed his soul downward 
that night — but he took it. Tragic, fearsome choice! Ter- 
rifying, devastating choice! "The Cup, or a Handful of 
Silver!" Poor Judas, he chose the silver and lost his 

The fact of the matter was that night was already fall- 
ing on the soul of Judas. That night into which he straight- 
way went out was not all external, it was also in his 
heart. The spiritual twilight of his inner consciousness 
had steadily deepened until now, in this definite turning 
of his back upon the Lord's Table, with its cup of prof- 
fered suffering and shared sacrifice, it had become a 
Stygian midnight. This was but the climax of an issue 
long foreseen by him. Faced by necessity of choice he 
made it — and went out into the night. 

We condemn Judas — but what of ourselves? Tliis 
same high moment of choice continuously presents itself 
to us in multiple form — the cup or the handful of silver 
is an alternative which comes amazingly frequent in our 
expei-iences. Even our Lord had faced this alternative and 
fought through the battle which went with it. Out yonder 
in the wilderness and again and again as He faced Cal- 
vary and the cross, the cry that became articulate in 
Gethsemane welled up in His prayers: '0 my Father, if 
it be possible, let this cup pass from me!" and yet to His 
eternal glory and honor let us not forget His choice Was 
the Father's will, "nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou 

Youth, deciding its course in life, choosing its life- 
work, meeting the alluring offers of the materialistic 
world, must ever face this choice — the cup or the silver; 

suffering with Christ or the garlands of the crowd; a! 
life of service or a life of self; God or gold as the dora-i 
inating motive of existence — which ? 

Years ago there was a circus "freak" known as the! 
"Blue Skinned Man." The hue of his skin remained j 
mystery until after his death, when scientists discoverec 
it had been due to silver poisoning from the mines. Bui 
alas, not nearly rare enough to he classed as "freaks' 
are the men and women of today who are the victims ol 
silver poisoning in a far different way than the circus 
"freak." The man in business; the public official facec 
with a bribe, or so-called "legitimate opportunity" t( 
profit at the public's expense; the private citizen gainings 
at the costs of others the comforts and luxuries of lif( 
— are all, as Judas, facing the choice of "The Cup or :1 
Handful of Silver." As between a life of service, honorj 
principle, clean conscience, or a soul poisoned by silver— j 
which should we take ? < 

Nations too, face this alternative. Before the bar oj 
History they are judged by this: was theirs an act oj 
course dominated by the principles of honor and human! 
ity, motivated by Christ-like concern over the welfare o 
mankind, or by principles and motives of the world — thj 
little god of Gold? [ 

The Church must also stand or fall by this test-t 
whether she chooses the cup of shared suffering and sacj 
riflce with her Lord, or if she is choosing to reach fortli 
with grasping hands to accept the handfuls of silvej 
which betoken the little things of life's self-intereBlJ 
Which will the church show the world — the outstretche 
hand ■nith its cup of helpful and healing world service- 
or a fist tightly closed upon a handful of silver, the ma 
terial power of the world? Hungry millions are reachinU 
out for the Bread of Life on the table of God's bountifi) 
love. Shall we watch their strivings with no concern! 
With God's abundant life in our hands, placed there b 
our Lord and Master, shall we calmly watch while othei 
die for want of what we have? 

Some one forces this type of issue upon us with thi 
illustration: "America spends as much for tobacco eac 
year as it does for all the work of all its churches ( 
all creeds. What would happen if the ratio were reverse' 
Here is a chance for religion to begin at home for man 
church members." What is our church's share in the t( 
bacco bill of our community, of our country? Is it to oi 
credit or to our shame? And is our spending on oth( 
luxuries in the face of the world's hunger for God ar' 
more to our credit? One wonders whether the church 
offering our world the life-giving cup of the Lord or tH 

ARCH 24, 1951 


ilfish stone of a Christless civilization. Judging from the 
eekly per capita giving of our - churches, what would 
)U say? 

Judas's fateful choice arose from his ambition, his hopes 
id his religious experience. But his ambitions were sel- 
ih to the core and so degenerated into covetousness and 
reed, hard and unyielding. His hopes likewise were of 
le earth, earthy, carnal, materialistic, reflecting the 
essianic conceptions of his day. At the sight of the cup 
■ the Lord these hopes were doomed and the deposit of 
ustrated hopes was bitter resentfulness and angry hate, 
is religious experience, such as it was, had the tragic 
lality of being on the decline, rather than on the in- 
■ease. Hence the danger! With spiritual resistance to 
ul-disease on the decline imagine this man's condition 
hen even his loathsome ecclesiastical bribers came to 

look down upon him and scornfully spurn him and say, 
"What is that to us? see thou to that." 

But what of ourselves ? Have our ambitions been purged 
until our hopes are set on the eternal things of God ? Is 
our religious life a growing thing? Is our knowledge and 
fellowship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, deepening 
and enlarging? Do we "choose to suffer affliction with 
the p.eople of God" or to "enjoy the pleasures of sin for 
a season?" When opportunities for service to Christ and 
our fellowman conflict \\'ith the glittering attractions of 
material pleasure or profit, which do we choose ? "The 
Cup or the Silver?" The life of service or the life of self? 
The path that leads out into the night, or the path that 
leads upward into the light? 

Before you is the Cup — and the silver! Which do you 
take? — W. A. R. 


The Gkosen Ft 



'For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14. 

■CHRISTIANITY, like business, is selective. Its honors 
_• and rewards do not go to all. Moreover, there is 
rictness and a severity to the judgments that Chris- 
anity makes. "Many are called, but few are chosen," 

we rebel against so bald and bold an utterance as this? 
' we will but study it in the light of the parable of which 

is a part and then upon the basis of human experience, 
e will soon enough come to know that, little as we may 
)w like these words, they are, after all, true — and true 
hen applied to our lives today. (Now take your Bible and 
iad the entire parable — Matt. 22:1-14.) 

Why are there but a chosen few to receive the rewards 
id honors of Christianity? 

To begin with, this is not because God does not call 
any. How clearly does the parable of the marriage of 
le king's son, in its opening verses, set forth the fact 
lat many are called. The Gospel call has always been a 
ill directed toward the multitudes of this world. Jesus 
3ver said, "preach only to a chosen few." His Gospel 
!e commanded to be preached to "all the world." 

That only a few are chosen is not because the oppor- 
mity and the advantages of Christianity have not been 
lade available. The men in the parable could have come 
) the feast, and, had they come, they would have enjoyed 
s pleasures. The advantages of the Christian life are 
ot a dubious, uncertain thing. They are apparent to all 
ho open their eyes. And they are available to all. There 

1 no impossible hindrance that keeps the heart of any 
lan from pledging itself to Jesus Christ. 

Only a few are chosen because so many treat the call 
'ith indifference. Like these men of our parable, they 
re so preoccupied with business and merchandise that 
ley have no time for the things of God. Seeking the 
)wer things, they forget the higher. 

Only a few are chosen because many create conditions 
1 their own lives which invite a final antagonism to God 
nd to His Son. Indifference leads to ignorance. Ignorance 

begets misunderstanding and resentmenet. Resentment 
quickly leads to bitterness and rebellion. The men of our 
parable, who were first indifferent, in the end, slew the 
servants of the king who brought the invitation to the 
royal feast. 

Only a few are chosen because so many, while they ap- 
parently enter the banquet hall to become guests of the 
king, do not enter into the spirit of the occasion, and be- 
come true wedding guests. They desire to come, not in the 
garment of righteousness which is the gift of faith, but 
in the rags of their owni self-ascribed goodness which, 
after all, is bound to be displeasing to their Divine Host. 

'How Do *ilou r^ithe? 

Two business men lived close together, one a Jew and 
the other a Christian. Upon the invitation of the Jew, 
the Christian went with his friend to the synagogue for 
sei-vice. When the offering plate was passed the Jew put 
on a five dollar bill. On the way home the Christian re- 
marked, "I notice you put $5.00 on the offering plate, 
is that your usual custom?" "Yes," the Jew replied, "that 
is my tithe, I make a wage of $50.00 a week." 

Soon after that the Jew accompanied the Christian to 
church and noticed that the Christian put a quarter and 
a dime on the offering plate. On the way home the Jew 
remarked, "I noticed you put thirty-five cents on the 
plate today, is that your usual custom?" "Well," replied 
the Christian, "it is this way, this week I saved $3.50 of 
my weekly wage, so that is my tithe." The Jew looked 
him squarely in the face and said, "Almost thou persuad- 
est me to be a Christian." 

A holy life in comparative silence may win more souls 
to Christ than too much talk with careless living. 



The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished by L M. Riddle, Secretary 

Opportunities fit iiome 

Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 

The slogan, "Go West Young Man," is as appropriate 
for the Christian youth of today as it was for the adven- 
turesome youth at the time when the west was opening 
up. The great Southwest is yet a land of opportunity as 
it was decades ago. Specifically, it will continue to be a 
land of opportunity for the Gospel, as long as millions 
of acres of ground are inhabited by thousands of Indians 
who have never heard the "Good News" of salvation. 

Tlie plight of these Indian people, many of whom are 
the product of odd mixtures, is not commonly known, nor 
recognized by the vast majority of America's population. 
Truly, it is a revelation to view their places of abode, and 
to inquire into their mode of living. 


It was the privilege of the members of the Home Ex- 
tension Committee of the Missionary Board, to visit the 
Papago Indian Reservation, on their recent trip to Ari- 
zona. The experience was a delightful one, but a soul- 
stirring one as well. 

The Papagos 

The Papago Indians are of the Piman family, and at 
an early period in America's history, inhabited much of 
the state of Arizona and a large area in Mexico. They 
now live, largely, within the confines of the Papago Res- 
ervation which covers some two million acres of land in 
southwestern Arizona. 

Conference With Indian Leader 

Our conference with Mr. Thomas Segunde, head of the 
Tribes Council, and a Papago Indian himself, was most 
enlightening. Mr. Segunde, a rather modest and retiring 
young man, received us warmly. He gave the impression 
of being pleased at the interest of others in his people, 
and offered, willingly, his time and the information we 

Rude Awakening 

It was quite shocking to discover how little of the ad- 
vantages of American civilization these Papago Indians 
possessed. One could scarcely believe that there was only 
one Medical Doctor for the entire reservation, whose pop- 
ulation numbers 7,500 people, yet that is the case. 

Schools and Churches 

We were informed also, that facilities for educating the 
children were not adequate. There are 2,200 school chil- 
dren of school age on the reservation, only 1,400 of them 
have an opportunity to attend school. The Roman Cath- 
olics have done the most to provide education by estab- 
lishing mission schools at different points. There are. 

however, many settlements that have no schools at all 
and none close at hand. 

Wlien we inquired about churches on the reservation 
we found that there were several groups that had estab' 
lished churches; namely, the Church of God, the Baptists 
the Presbyterian, and the Roman Catholic. However', al 
of them had concentrated their work in a narrow stri] 
in the area of "Sells," where the population is the heavi 
est. Only the Catholics have made any attempt to i'eacl| 
into the outer extremities of the reservation. i 

Existing in most of the settlements is the primitiv, 
"Indian Missions," usually a very small chapel type build 
ing with a cross on the top. Here the Indians worshi; 
in their primitive, pagan manner. They are worshipper 
of false gods, and have not been told about the Saviouj 
the Son of God. 

Divisions and Government 

The population of the reservation is concentrated in set 
tlements. These are quite small, the largest numberin: 
only about 500 people, and others 50, 100, 200, etc. Th 
settlements are scattered over the 4,000 or more equal 
miles, often from 5 to 25 miles apart. There az'.e about te 
districts in the entire reservation, and each district h£ 
a Council exercising authority over the district. Repri 
sentatives from each district make up the Tribes Coui 
cil. This body exercises authority over the whole rese 

The Houses 

Most of the living quarters, or "hogans," that we sa 
were constructed of homemade bricks dried by the sun 
heat. The structures were square and fairly small, po 
sibly twenty by twenty, some smaller, some larger wi 
a door and a couple of small windows. 

Means of Livelihood 

The Papagos are, for the most part, herdsmen, and ei! 
out a living by raising a few sheep and some cattle. Thi| 
are said to be among the best in basket weaving, a; 
also make some pottery. There are some silver, and zi 
mines in operation on the reservation. 

Land Grants i 

Building sites are granted by the approval of the i 
spective Councils, and long leases are drawn up all ti 
of cost, inasmuch as the land belongs to the governme" 

Are Christian Workers Welcome? 

Anyone, who indicates that he is interested in helpi 
these people, is welcome. That means that the Cathol! 
are just as welcome as the Evangelicals. No distincti: 
is made by the Tribes Council; no favoritism is shown 

HARCH 24, 1951 


me over another. As long as such groups or individuals 
ibide by the rulings of the Councils, they are welcome 
o conie and remain. 

What Can I Do? 

That may depend upon you; what you are, what you 
lan do, and what the Lord wants you to do. 

Our Missionary Board feels that this is a field into 
vhich we went to enter in the future. It has become a 
)art of our "Plan for Home Missions." Young men and 
vomen, working for degrees in medicine and nursing, 
night well consider serving the Lord in a great and needy 
ield such as this. Young men and women with teaching 
[ualifications would find great opportunities to take the 
iospel through the establishment of schools. Others, may 
lelp as the Lord directs, and as they are able. There are 
dways financial responsibilities in such an enterprise, 
rhere is always equipment that must be made available, 
r'rayer is always such a great need in launching such a 
vork. There is something that each one can do. There 
s something for you to do. 

The Missionary Board would be glad to know about any 
md all who feel led to help, in any way, the development 
)f a Brethren work among the Indians. Every considera- 
;ion will be given to those who feel led in this direction. 

The Lord has been opening some doors of service to 
;he Brethren Church. What we do about them depends 
ipon the Brethren people. Shall we not enter them with 
;onfidence and faith? Pray that we might do so. God is 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 

I O^avc Done So £ittle 

One time Ian MacLaren went to a certain house and 
saw an old Scotch woman standing in her kitchen weep- 
ing. She wiped her eyes with the corner of her apron, 
ind when the minister asked her what was the matter, 
she confessed, "I am so miserably and unhappy." 


"Because I have done so little for Jesus. When I was 
just a wee girl the Lord spoke to my heart and I did so 
much want to live for Him." 

"Well, haven't you?" asked the minister. 

"Yes, I have lived for Him, but I have done so little. 
I want to be of some use in His service." 

"What have you done?" 

"I will tell you. I have washed dishes, cooked three 
meals a day, taken care of the children, mopped the 
floors, and mended the clothes. That is all I have done 
all my life, and I \\'anted to do something for Jesus." 

The preacher, sitting back in the arm chair, looked at 
her and smiled. "Where are your boys?" he inquired. She 
had four sons and had named them after Bible charac- 

"Oh, my boys? You know where Mark is. You ordained 
him yourself before he went to China. Why are you ask- 
ing? There he is preaching for the Lord." 

"Where is Luke?" questioned the minister. 

"Luke? He went out from your own church. Didn't you 
send him out? I had a letter from him the other day." 
And then she became so happy and excited as she con- 
tinued, "A revival has broken out on the mission station, 
and he said they were having a wonderful time in the 
service of the Lord." 

"Where is Matthew?" 

"He is with his brother in China. And isn't it fine that 
the two boys can be working together? I am so happy 
about that. And John came to me the other night — he is 
my baby and is only nineteen, but he is a great boy. 
He said, 'Mother, I have been praying and tonight in my 
room the Lord spoke to ray heart, and what do you sup- 
pose He told me? I have to go to my brother in Africa. 
,But don't you cry, mother, the Lord told me I was to 
stay here and look after you until you go Home to 
Glory.' " 

The minister looked at her: "And you say your life 
has been wasted in mopping floors, darning socks, wash- 
ing dishes, and doing the trivial tasks. I'd like to have 
your mansion when we are called home. It will be very 
near the throne." — Gospel Herald. 

jCatest ''Hews Prom "Korea 

It is now estimated that ten millions of Koreans are 
in the southern section of the peninsula, many of them 
evacuated from their homes in the north and in Seoul for 
the second time in the present conflict. Fifteen Protestant 
missionaries are known to be among them, ministering 
to their spiritual needs and aiding in relief of physical 
suffering. Among these missionaries are Charles A. Sauer, 
Charles D. Stokes, and Dr. William E. Shaw, who has 
been serving as a chaplain with the United States Army 
since last summer. 

Among the hundreds of thousands of Koreans who are 
evacuated from Seoul were about 1,700 pastors, Bible 
women, church workers and their families Many other 
Christian evacuees have come south from further north, 
a large group from Hamhung. These people are congre- 
gating, it is reported, in Christian colonies in the south, 
and the missionaries, chiefly Presbyterian and Methodist, 
are ministering to them. 

It is natural and proper that Christian congregations 
should seek to remain together. They will ti-y to estab- 
lish camps and communities where Christian principles will 
guide and direct personal and social behavior. It is also 
a tribute to Christianity that the authorities in Korea 
are now giving such Christian leadership both special aid 
and large responsibilities in the establishment of such 

Refugees are housed in churches, schools, public build- 
ings and temporary shelters of every sort. Most Chris- 
tians are sheltered in Christian churches, schools and 

A missionary nurse, recently returned to Korea, de- 
scribes the state of some of the children picked up by 

(Continued on page 10) 



Report of The Treasurer 


The Beneoolent Board 

From July 1950 to February 1951 

(Reported in order received)) 

Rev. Sam Buzard, N. Vandergrif t $ 5.00 

Loyal Women, Elkhart 6.00 

Fremont, Ohio 2.00 

Mrs. Mary Walter, North Liberty 15.00 

Mrs. Maggie Frank, Johnstown First 10.00 

Rev. Sam Buzard 5-00 

Goshen, Indiana 51.74 

A Friend 5-00 

Dayton, Ohio 100.00 

Memorial, Bryan, Ohio 5.00 

H. J. Riner, Gratis, Ohio 10.00 

Loyal Women 6.00 

Hagerstown, Md 10-71 

W. M. S., Group 2, Elkhart 12.00 

Mrs. Agnes Lemon 6.00 

Rev. Sam Buzard, N. Vandergrift 5.00 

Mrs. Idella Walters, Uniontown 5.00 

Loyal Women, Elkhart 6.00 

Goshen, Indiana 63.22 

Elkhart, Indiana 327.00 

Columbus, Ohio 10.00 

National Woman's Missionary Society 900.00 

Roland Obenchain, South Bend (G Bond) 500.00 

Hagerstown, Md 11-30 

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Furry, Johnstown First 10.00 

Mrs. Agnes Lemon 1.00 

Miss Dorothy Carpenter, Ardmore 10.00 

Olive and Jennie Garber 20.00 

F. S. Beeghly, Ventura, Cal 35.00 

Henry Bates, Sr 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Metzler, Goshen 10.00 

Idella Walters, Uniontowni 3.00 

Mrs. E. K. Black, Ashland 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Erbaugh, Clayton 10.00 

David S. Hegler, Fairview 5.00 

Sadie Fauss, Sergeantsville 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. James Benshoff, Johnstown First. . 10.00 

Mrs. Ida Himiller, Fairview 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Steffler, Johnstown First . . 20.00 

Mrs. Mina Bishoff, Fairview 5.00 

Ethel Grace Myers 10.00 

Mrs. Zella MaEntire, Ashland 5.00 

Don Lautzenheiser, N. Georgetown 2.00 

Mrs. Phyllis Gault, Ashland 5.00 

Rev. Ernest Minegar, Mexico 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bogue, Cerro Gordo 1.00 

Mrs. Frank James, Johnstown First 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ii-vin Cooperrider, Glenford 2.00 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley, Ashland 5.00 

Bryan, Ohio 200.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hartman, South Bend .... 5.00 

Mada Tui-vy, Fairview 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. Lee Garber, Ashland 3.00 

H. B. Imboden 10.00 

Annabelle Merrifield 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. K. H. Benshoff, Johnstown Third . . 10.00 

Scott Shannon, Hamlin 3.00 

Grace M. Yoder, Manteca 5.00 

A. B. Farmwald, Nappanee 10.00 

Ida Wirick 25.00 

Ruth Lichty 3.00 

Mrs. A. B. Clifton, Fairview 3.00 

S. C. Fliekinger, Morrill 20.00 

Elizabeth Keiser, New Lebanon 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Flora, College Comer 4.00 

J. L. Gillin, Waterloo 5.00 

Total to date $2,555.97 

Please Note: If you have members in the above list, but 
the church not designated, please drop me a card. 

L. V. King, Treasurer. 

The Rural Church Produces Many 

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of our ministei-ial students 
become interested in the ministry before they are through 
high school. In a study of 1,978 ministerial students from 
48 states and 20 different denominations it was found 
that 40 % of the boys were considering the ministry be- 
fore they were 16 yeai^ old, and 69 % before they were 
19 years. 

Of the people who influenced boys to enter the minis- 
ti-y, the pastor ranks first, then comes the boy's mother 
and then his father. The Sabbath School teacher's record 
is not good, with direct influence in only 5 % of the cases. 

Contrary to popular opinion, the boy's girl friend en- 
couraged him in three times as many cases as she dis- 
couraged him. 

One ministerial student out of three said they were kept 
from making their decision because no one gave their 
any guidance or told them about the work of the ministry. 

The report of this study is published in a 30-page bul- 
letin and is being distributed on a non-profit basis foi 
15 cents by the Rural Church Department, Drew Semi- 
nary, Madison, New Jersey. 

Many iiiral enthusiasts have told about the large num- 
ber of ministers produced by the rural church. This maj 
have been ti^ue in the past, and in some rural churches 
now, but only 33 % of these 1,978 ministerial students 
came from rural churches, which is less than the rura! 
population needs (43.5%). 

Ralph A. Felton, 

Department of the Rural Churd 

Drew Theological Seminary 

Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to thei: 
shining, they just shine. "Let your light so shine". 

lARCH 24, 1951 


^'Ylo One Ban . . . /" 

Fo one can truly paint the scene 

If that table spread with simple evening meal 

ti upper room that night. 

'o really, truly paint that scene aright 

Ine surely would have had to be a guest, 

ir sit apart, and, at Christ's words to feel 

'he full import of all that there was said — 

'o know that soon the Son of Man would lead 

[is followers forth; that soon He'd be betrayed 

nto the hands of sinful men and tried, 

'alsely convicted, scourged till body bled; 

;rowned with thorns; in purple robe arrayed, 

Old finally, on the cross be numbered with the dead. 

'hen, with colors thus so plainly seen — 

'he ciimson of the life-blood flowing free; 

'he black of night that hovered o'er the scene; 

'he flashing silver of the soldier's blade; 

'he wooden gray of that accursed tree; 

■he azure purple lowering shadows made; 

'he snowy white of Jesus' sinless life! 

Old e'en with these, skilled artist though he be, 

lo one could trace upon the scroll of time 

'he awesome likeness of our Savior's strife 

Vith evil foes, nor make man e'er to see 

'he full significance of all it means to me. 

iut then, were this the end of all 

t would not, could not, save us from the fall. 

f only crucified, and body laid away 

Vithin the tomb, there could be none who'd say 

'hat He was more than any mortal man. 

But that was not within God's loving plan.) 

ris tiTie that, taken from the cruel tree, 

Vhere He had suffered, and had died for me, 

'hey buried Him, and rolled before the door 

L ponderous stone as if forever more 

Ifi was to lay within its hollow, cold recess 

Lnd le^ve His loved ones in unhappiness. 

5ut a morning dawned upon a brighter world, 

Lnd there above the tomb a banner was unfurled: 

Jpon its silky whiteness bright there shone 

L message that could be but His alone — 

He's Risen! Death could not keep its prey; 

le's Risen! 'Tis the dawning of the day 

Vhen sin is conquered — Death shall reign no more, 

^or Christ is Risen and gives life forever more." 

f artist's bi-ush could never paint the scene 

)f supper table, nor could make it mean 

Ul that is embodied there; Nor grasp the truth 

^hat hovers o'er the cross — How could mortals place 

Jpon a canvas what was in the heart, the face 

)f Jesus, when He came forth from the grave 

Lnd by His Resurrection showed His power to save? 

Jut painted on my heart, Nay, there engraved 
find the words, "I know He died to save" 

Lnd in His Resurrection Hour, this Easter Day, 
have His full assurance and can say, 

'I know that Christ is risen from the grave, 

And by that fact I know that He can save." 

So thus I rest upon the knowledge of His grace 

And love, until I can meet Him face to face. 

F. G. V. 

IDorship ! ! ! ! 

Words are instruments of music 

An ignorant man uses them for jargon; 

When a master touches them they have unexp.ected life 

and soul. 
Some words sound out like di'ums; 
Some breathe memories sweet as flutes; 
Some call like a clarinet; 
Some show a charge like trumpets; 
Some are sweet as children's talk; 
Others rich as a mother's answering back. — Anon. 


A ^omb 

"We have something," challenged a Mohammedan, "that 
you Christians lack. Something that is most precious and 

"And what is that?" 

"We have the tomb of Mohammed to which we can 
make our pilgrimages. It is one of the fundamental prac- 
tices of our faith. You followers of Christ don't even have 
a tomb to visit." 

No, thank God, we do not. All unwittingly, the Moham- 
medan had put his finger on the unique glory of Chris- 
tianity — an empty tomb! 


The Berlin, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church will cele- 
brate the twenty-fifth year of the dedication of the pres- 
ent church edifice. The date will be April 22nd. We plan 
a morning, an afternoon and an evening service. 

The church will also celebrate on the same day, the 
Seventieth Anniversary of the organization of the Church 
in Berlin. 

We plan to make this a real Homecoming for the church, 
and a real day of fellowship. We would appreciate seeing 
anyone that is interested, at any or all of the sei'vices 
of the day. 

Booklets will be available, at a very low price, contain- 
ing a histoi-y of the church; pictures of men called into 
the ministry from the Berlin church; pictures of the va- 
rious groups and organizations within the church. 

Conunemorative plates will also he available at a very 
low price. This plate contains a beautiful picture of the 
church on the face of the plate and a history of the church 
on the back. Anyone desiring either a plate or booklet, 
or both, may reserve one by contacting the undersigned. 
These will be going rapidly, and naturally, the number 
is limited. 

Rev. Percy C. Miller, Berlin, Pa. 





(Continued from page 7) 

the army and left in her care: "Over half of them had no 
clothing. A few had bath towels wrapped around them. 
They were waiting for me to come and feed them. There 
were ISO in one place Tuesday night, and they had only 
straw mats to sleep on. We get 20 or 50 new waifs every 
day. The army is providing a few of the necessities, but 
the needs are all too great. We now have the meals 
planned for a week and a good system worked out, if we 
can get the supplies. There is much yet to do. Huge tins 
are being set up as bath tubs, doing five kids at one time. 
The water is heated outside and passed in by buckets. All 
workers are volunteers. The army has promised to get 
me 22 pairs of shoes. This will keep the children off the 
ground, even if they don't have clothes." 

If the United Nations is able to maintain the lines in 
front of these millions of civilian refugees, the I'esponsi- 
bility for relief and the means of keeping them alive will 
rest largely upon America and upon American Christians. 
—World Outlook. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

The Nappanee Quarterly Cash Day has been set for 
Sunday, April 1st. The goal set is again $2,000.00. 

Peru, Indiana. Brother J. M. Bowman says that a class 
was conducted for three Saturday afternoons before Eas- 
ter for children who wanted to know more about the way 
of Salvation. These classes were held at the parsonage. 

An Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast is scheduled 
for the Peru Church. 

Lanark, Illinois. Word fix)m Brother J. D. Hamel, re- 
cently installed as Lanark pastor, tells us that things are 
starting out very well in the work there. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Because of the illness of Mrs. HaiTy 
Richer the revival services which were scheduled for the 
Waterloo Church had to be cancelled. However, it was 
decided to hold pre-Ea.ster services beginning on Tuesday, 
March 20th and continuing through Friday, March 23rd. 
Brother Gentle, the Waterloo pastor, conducted these ser- 

The Spring Communion was conducted on Thursday eve- 
ning, March 22nd, as a part of the pre-Easter seiwices. 

The result of the "Cash D.ay" for the parsonage fur- 
nace debt, which was held on March 5th, netted the sum 
of $156.95, leaving a balance on the debt of $714.05. 

The Foreign Mission Offering Goal of the Waterloo 
Church has been set as $1,000.00. 

Udell, Iowa. A card from Brother W. R. Deeter informs 
us that the revival meeting which was postponed because 
of the terribly had weather and roads, has again been 
scheduled as of March 25th to April 8th. Brother 
H. R. Garland, West Alexandria, Ohio, pastor, is to be 
the evangelist. 

Morrill, Kansas. Brother Robert Bischof says that the 

Morrill Church sent a delegation to Falls City, Nebraska, 
to attend the evangelistic services which were being held 
by Brother John T. Byler of our Louisville, Ohio, Church 
for Brother Elmer lEppley of the Falls City Church. 

Plans are being made for a joint meeting of the Mor- 
rill and Falls City Laymen's Organizations in the near 

The Bible Society and Liberia^ 

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS that will increase th€J 
efficiency of the work of the American Bible Society 
in Liberia, were revealed today by the Rev. Paul Collyer 
who has just returned from a four weeks' trip to thai 
country. Mr. Collyer is assistant to Dr. Eric M. North ol 
the foreign department of the Bible Society. 

Mr. Collyer visited mission stations and talked vdtl 
many missionaries. He reports that while the Bible is be^ 
ing read and the use of it is encouraged by the Govern- 
ment, many national pastors have not been sufficientlj 
trained in the use of the Scriptures. 

A second task the Bible Society faces is to urge mis- 
sionaries to give greater attention to the translation o: 
the Scriptures in the twenty native dialects of the peo 
pie. Some part of the Scriptures has been translated int( 
only five of these dialects, Bassa, Gio, Grebo, Loma, an( 
Mano. There is no complete Bible in any of these Ian 
guages. Mr. Collyer said that the missions were unani 
mous in their decision that the Boards be urged to sew 
out only those missionaries who had had linguistic traini 
ing in Scripture translation. 

Illiteracy is another difficulty the Bible Society ha; 
met. While there is a well-planned program beinj 
promoted, according to Mr. Collyer, only about 150,00i 
out of the nearly two million people can read. 

English is the official language of the Government am 
the missionaries of the various denominations working i: 
Liberia asked that Scriptures be published in diglot fonr 
They asked that the English text of the Bible be print© 
on one page with the dialect spoken in the locality, pub 
lished on the opposite page. 

"Liberia," said Mr. Collyer, "is the open door to Africi 
for America. There is very little inroad of Communisr 
so far." American business is already developing resource j 
there. The U. S. Government, as a part of its Point Fou| 
program, is planning to send between 40 or 50 technician 
whose work will advance the physical well-being, educe 
tional and economic life of the country. With this deve' 
opment, the Bible Society must plan its program of Scrij 
ture work so that it can make its contribution to the growt 
of the Christian community. 



To sleep through a sermon is at least not so serious j 
to stay awake through the sermon and go to sleep afte 
ward. The first may signify a weary body; the second sij 
nifies a torpid soul. There are more who sleep afterwarc 
than through the sermon. — Berlin, Penna., Bulletin. 

MARCH 24, 1951 


Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen MiUer 

VL The World: Its Place in God's Plan and Purpose 

We have already learned that the World is of God's 
making and that it is therefore God's World. We know 
further that He made it good, for everything that He 
made. He Himself pronounced good. 

We have also seen that the lEarth was especially pre- 
pared for the dwelling place of Man. We even now know 
wonderful this Earth is and how beautiful, although un- 
der the fateful spell of sin. What would it not be if Sin 
and Sickness and Death were not dominant and regnant 
now over man! 

We may not know God's purposes with respect to the 
Heavenly Bodies and it would be profitless to speculate 
where God has not spoken. But we do know that they 
bear some relation to our earth and that relation must 
be benificent. 

As for our Earth, the Word of God teaches that it shall 
be renovated. There shall be a New Earth. It is this New 
Earth that we believe the "Meek shall inherit." At the 
present the Earth is the scene of the Kingdom activi- 
ties. We pray every day, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will 
be done, as in heaven, so on earth." Matthew 6:10. There 
is no reason to believe that this earth will ever be de- 
stroyed, wiped out of existence. Everything inimical to the 
kingdom will be gathered out and destroyed. Then there 
will be a New Earth. It will then be what God nxeant it 
should be and by His will must become. Matthew 13:41; 
2 Peter 3:8-13. 

A Thought for This We€\ 

B. F. Burkhart 

A MISSIONARY GROUP was returning home irora a 
district meeting in another county and the five women 
in the one car were having a good old gab fest. Maybe 
I should say four, because one was silent — she was fairly 
new in the community so did not have the knowledge 
of the local scandals that the others did. The day had 
been one of Christian fellowship, of good talks from mis- 
sionaries and one of planning for future activities of a 
deeper religious significance. 

But during the hours of the ride over the pleasant 
countryside, when Autumn was at her most beautiful, 
and filled with the blessings the day had brought, the 
women discussed — other women. The reputation of one 
young girl was ripped to shreds; the wife of a certain 
good churchman was said to be no better than she should 
be "if I were to tell all I know," and another young 
mother was placed on the altar to be burned by the fire 
of their malicious tongues. "Have I made a mistake in 
choosing this as my home church?" thought the new- 
comer in the group." 

While we may not ourselves, gossip, do we allow, others 
to do so in our presence? 

DEISCH. Mrs. Ida Susie Deisch of Bunker Hill, Indiana, 
was born July 31, 1885 in Roanoke, Virginia, and passed 
to her reward in the Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, In- 
diana, on January 22, 1951. She was the mother of Mrs. 
Lenora Deisch Williams, missionary in Africa. Funeral 
services were conducted in Peru on January 25, 1951, with 
burial in Springdale Cemetery, Bunker Hill, Indiana. 

DEISCH. William A. Deisch, husband of the above Ida 
S. Deisch, passed away just three weeks following her 
death, at the home near Bunker Hill, Indiana, on Febru- 
ary 15, 1951. He was born in Pipe Creek Township, In- 
diana, on July 15, 1879. Funeral services were also con- 
ducted in Pei-u, with burial in Springdale Cemetery, Bunk- 
er Hill, Indiana. 

Mrs. Mary Deisch. 

READ. Mrs. Delia L. Meyers Read, daughter of Fred 
B. and Amanda Fike Meyers, was born at Milledgeville, 
Illinois, on July 20, 1890, and passed to her eternal re- 
ward on February 16, 1951. She was married to John C. 
Read on November 25, 1908. She became a member of 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church by baptism on Decem- 
ber 6, 1903, under the ministry of Dr. R. R. Teeter, and 
held membership here until her passing. She is survived 
by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Vem Crabtree; one 
sister, Mrs. Mary Hawkins; one brother, Charles Meyers, 
and four nephews and four nieces. Services by the under- 
signed with burial in South Elkhorn Cemetery. 

COLEMAN. Henry Ross Coleman, son of James and 
Delia Meyers Coleman, was born near Milledgeville, Illi- 
nois on November 12, 1886 and passed to his eternal rest 
on January 16, 1951. He was married to Emma Stein on 
January 6, 1915, who, together with the following children 
survive him: Fay R., Mason S., Roger and Faith. Also the 
following brothers and sisters: Elva Brand, Robert, and 
Edward. He was a life-long member of the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church. 

D. C. White. 

SNOKE. George H. Snoke, aged 76, died suddenly on 
February 20, 1951, in his home, after having suffered a 
heart attack several weeks before. He was an active 
member of the Cerro Gordo, Illinois, Brethren Church for 
forty-four years. Surviving are his wife; one son Harlow; 
two daughters: Mrs. Rose Davis and Mrs. Mary Wright- 
house; one brother; six grandchildren and one great 
grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Cerro Gor- 
do church with Rev. Dayton 0. Cross officiating. 

Mrs. Loretta Metzger. 





W. St. CIdir Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of ChriEtian Endeavor. 
Used by ocrmission " 

Topic for April 8, 1951 


Scripture: Acts 4:1-13; 5:161-20 

For Tlie Leader 

NE OF THE SUREST SIGNS that the Holy Spirit 
is working, and tiiat something is being accomplished 
for God is the opposition that arises. Whenever Christ 
sought to do good, He met opposition. And now in these 
earlier years of the Christian church, its leaders met se- 
vere opposition. Peter heals a lame man in the name of 
Christ and again runs into legal affliction. It has always 
been, and we presume it shall always be, that when we 
seek to do good, opposition arises. At least it was true 
in Peter's day, and it is truly true today. One thing we 
must note, in seeking the thought for the evening, is that 
even though there was opposition, that the intended re- 
sults of doing good were attained. In spite of opposition, 
God, working through us today, can accomplish His will. 

1. WHY PUT THEM IN JAIL? All that Peter and John 
had done was to go up to the temple to pray. Enroute, 
they passed a hopeless cripple who was begging for a 
few coins. Getting a few coins was the peak of happiness 
and the greatest fulfillment of this poor man's wildest 
hopes. He dared not even tliink of any greater happi- 
ness. Peter, seeing this poor hopeless creature, did not 
pass him by. Instead, he gave him healing, victory, hope 
and new happiness through Christ. And so, because he did 
this, bringing health and joy to an otherwise hopeless 
derelict, he and John were put into prison. But have we 
not done the same things? Great inventors, discoverers, 
and those who would bring better health and happiness to 
mankind have been jailed or thwarted by society through 
jealousy, suspicion, etc. Even people in our churches, in- 
terested in spiritual advancement, have been treated with 
suspicion and jealcusy. 

2. THIS DID NOT STOP THEM. Perhaps the greatest 
lesson to be learned from this topic tonight is that Peter 
did not stop doing things for Christ when opposition 
came. As soon as he was released from prison, he was 
doing business for Christ again. He got into difficulty 
with the authorities the second time, but still he did not 
stop. A person who is working for God just can't stop 
when opposition comes. God has never stopped, so neither 
dare those who profess to work for Him. There will al- 
ways be those who are jealous of our work we are doing. 
There are those in the church who hate any kind of pro- 
gress. Many don't want any new life or activity around 
a church simply because they are afraid it will show up 
their smugness and laziness. We may go into a semi- 
lighted room and be satisfied with the condition of the 
floor, the furniture, the wall paper. But bring in a strong 
light, and we will see the dirty paper, the worn furniture 
and the scarred floor. As long as we can drift along in 

the same old pattern in our churches we will get little 
opposition; but bring earnestness, new life and activity 
into it, and people's embarrassment will result in oppo- 

be your procedure if, because you happened to bring some 
"outsiders" into your church or Sunday School, and you 
were brought up before the church board of council, and 
condemned because you had done this ? Perhaps these 
people "weren't good enough, or didn't belong to the right 
class, or their clothes weren't like they should be." And 
when you learned that the tongues of the gossipers were 
wagging about you, and your "ideas" which were surely 
going to wreck their church. What would you do? You 
know what Peter did! He went out and did some more 
of the same thing. Would you have the courage to do 
more of what you did, that is, to bring in even more peo- 
ple than you had the first time? You will have, if you 
possess the same measure of power that Peter did. From 
the poor, spineless, denying Peter of crucifixion week, to 
the staunch, powerful and fearless man of the early church 
we see the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Peter's 
secret of courage was his ti-ust in Christ, his conviction 
that he was doing God's will, and the power of the Holy 
Spirit in his life. We can claim that secret today, if we 
are willing. 

4. WHY OPPOSITION? You would think that when 
people of our churches are invited to join in a living pro- 
gram of Christian advancement that they would work 
wholeheartedly for it. But such is not the case, and we 
wonder why we must have opposition. Well, all opposi- 
tion stems from the old Devil himself. As long as we 
are not seeking to do good for Christ or to win others 
to Christ, he doesn't bother us. But when we seek, through 
all that we do, to bring people into a closer relationship 
with God, and thus turn them away from the Devil, he, 
the Devil, rises up to destixjy it. As Christian leaders, 
we are smart if, when we start a work for Christ, we at 
once begin to look for the opposition which positively 
will come. Remember even as we are disciples of Christ, 
that the Devil has his disciples too, and many of them 
are in our churches. We are hearing much about the com- 
munists and their undercover activities in America, But in 
Christian work and in our churches we have the "devil- 
ites," too. Always will have, for that matter. 

5. KEEP GOING! How's your C. E. work going over 
in youi- church ? Lots of opposition, lots of unfaithful 
members, lots of discouragement. A remedy for that is 
to keep going. We sometimes wonder if maybe we are 
just hatting our heads against the wall in trying to push 
forward in the church for Clirist. Sometimes our whole 
program seems to be in reverse, denominationally, locally, 
etc. Most youth workers, leaders and pastors feel that 
way at times. What is the answer? Keep going! When 
we can't go by sight, then plunge ahead in faith. Peter 
certainly had every reason to give up, except one. He 
was sent to prison and might have given up except for 
one thing. And that is that God had told him to go ahead. 
So, let us seek God's will. His gruidance, His streng^th, 
and the keep going! Take a boost from "inklings" of op- 
position which springs up around you. It's a sure sign 
that you are beginning to really accomplish things for 
Christ and the Church. 

MARCH 24, 1951 


IPrayer Wleeting 


In the silent midnight watches, 

List — thy bosom door! 
How it knocketh, knocketh, knocketh, 

Knocketh evermore! 
Say not 'tis thy pulses beating; 

'Tis thy heart of sin; 
'Tis thy Saviour knocks and crieth, 

"Rise and let Me in!" 

Death comes down with reckless footstep, 

To the hall and hut; 
Think you Death will stand a-knocking 

Where the door is shut ? 
Jesus waiteth — waiteth — waiteth; 

But thy door is fast! 
Grieved away thy Sa^^or goeth; 

Death breaks in at last. 

Then 'tis thine to stand entreating 

Christ to let thee in: 
At the gates of Heaven beating. 

Wailing for thy sin. 
Nay; alas thou foolish virgin. 

Hast thou then forgot? 
Jesus waited long to know thee. 

But He knows thee not. 

— Arthur Cleveland Coxe. 

FIRST, the Saviour knocks at the church door and at 
the heart's door (Rev. 3:20). Note Who knocks— the 
Creator, the Infinite, the Almighty, the All-wise, the All- 
holy, the All-loving, the Crucified at the door of the cre- 
ated, the finite, frail, foolish, sinful, selfish, and the cru- 
cifiers! God calls by providences, through His people, by 
His Spirit (Rom. 1:20; 2 Cor. 5:20; Rev. 22:17). 

Here is God's untiring patience — "I stand . . . and 
knock" (2 Peter 3:9). 

His offer of salvation is universal — "If any man ..." 
(Isa. 45:22). 

He not only knocks, but persistently calls — "Hear My 
voice" (Heb. 3:15; Eek. 12:2). 

Certainly it is our move — "Open the door ..." (Prov. 

Man cannot earn salvation but He can accept it — "It is 
the gift of God ..." (lEph. 2:8, 9). 

Upon our meeting the conditions of salvation, God 
promises "I will come in ... " (Isa. 57:15). 

When Jesus comes into one's heart by the Person of 
the Holy Spirit, He furnishes the entertainment though 
He is the Guest, saying, "I will . . . feast with him, and 
he shall feast with me " (John 6:48; Rev. 21:6'). The 
heart's door should be opened NOW (2 Cor. 6:2), 

Secondly, the Scripture teaches that Christ is the door 
of salvation (John 10:7-9, 11, 17-21), The oriental sheep- 
fold has a doorway but no door until the shepherd sits in 
the doorway, making himself a door. Christ is the door 
of separation, dividing the believing from the unbeliev- 
ing (John 10:19-21). He is the door of sacrifice which 
gives redemption from sin (John 10:11, 15, 17, 18; Isa. 
53:8; 1 Cor. 5:7b). But some day the door of salvation 
will be closed as shown in the parable Christ gave of 
the five foolish virgins (Matt. 25:1-13). Notice the argu- 
ments that the frantic lost will utter in their desperation 
as expressed in Luke 13:22-28 when the door is discov- 
ered closed against them. The closed door means that the 
opportunity is passed (Jer. 8:20). Only Jesus personally 
received now in the heart, will make us sure for Heaven 
(Matt. 7:21-23). There will be no gate crashing into 
Heaven. Noah preached for 120 years (Gen. 6:3), and 
yet even his cai-penters perished because God Himself had 
closed the door (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5; Gen. 7:16b). 

&omments on the Lesson hij the Cditor 

Lesson for April 8, 1951 


Lesson: Genesis 3:1-6, 9-15 

ARNOLD'S COMMENTARY carries an illustration 
which may well become our introduction to today's 
lesson and especially to introduce the first word of the 
topic — SIN. Here it is: 

It is titled, "When the Serpent Struck." "One of the 
outstanding news photographs of 1948, which appeared 
in 'Life' magazine and was also published elsewhere, was 
of a cobra which suddenly struck and bit Mrs. Grace O. 
Wiley of Cypress, California. Mrs. Wiley was an expert 
trainer of reptiles and had devoted much of her life to 
their study. A photographer came to take a picture of 
her and some of her reptiles. One was taken which showed 
a happy smile on her face, and less than a minute later 
another was taken to show a cobra spreading its hood. 
But just as the photographer snapped the picture the 
cobra struck and bit Mrs. Wiley's hand. Instantly she rec- 
ognized the s,eriousness of what had occurred and asked 
to be taken to a hospital at once. This was done, and all 
possible efforts were made to save her life, but in vain. 

"Our lesson furnishes us a picture of another serpent 
that sti-uck (though in a different way) with disastrous 
results." When the sei'pent appeared to the woman in the 
garden of Eden and said to the woman, "Ye shall not 
surely die," even though she should transgress God's com- 
mand, it was the bite of a serpent more deadly than the 
one which bit the hand of Mrs. Wiley. For when she 
heeded the word of the serpent instead of listening to the 
Voice of God, and she "took of the tree and did eat" even 




though forbidden, "the poisonous venom of sin entered 
her being, with death as a final result." 

Is there any reason why Eve should not have said "No" 
to the serpent ? Tliere is only one explanation. She lacked 
the will power to resist the temptation. There must have 
been something very alluring about the appearance of the 
serpent to make Eve even listen to him. But then we 
read that Satan is not one who is so hideous in appear- 
ance that he will frighten any one away from him be- 
cause of his appearance. Rather we find him referred to 
as one who had the appearance of an angel of light. 

There is no point to argue the reality of sin. We know 
it is here and we see the result of it on every hand. With- 
out sin in this world it would indeed be a wonderful 
place in which to live. But it is here and our problem 
is to deal with it in such a manner that its consequences 
shall be brought to the very minimum. Our lesson today 
should hinge on that very thought. 

First of all let us see what the Word of God has to 
say about it. We read that "sin is a transgression of the 
law." In other words any disobeying of the Commands of 
God is sin. Wlien God says a thing must not be done, 
then by His Divine right to so command, such a thing 
becomes sin if we fail to do His bidding. There has al- 
ways been a question about "big sins" and "little sins." 
But sin is sin wherever you find it. 

Since sin is in the world, and it is by every act of dis- 
obedience and lawlessness that is seen on every hand — 
then there must come, as a consequence, punishment for 
sin. Probably one of the most terrible sentences in the 
entire Bible is found in Romans 6:23 — "The wages of 
sin is death ..." Note that the word Paul uses is 
"wages." Something earned we call wages. It is too shame- 
ful that we are willing to work for the "wages of sin" 
which are paid by eatan, which wages we find to be 
"death"; when by spending our time in the service of God 
we receive a "gift" which, as Paul states it is "eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

The power of choice has been placed in our hands. We 
can choose either the temptations w-hich the devil sets 
before us and fall into the pits of sin, or we can follow 
the way the Lord has prepared for us and travel on to life 
eternal. There is nothing else we can do. It is either one 
or the other. 

■ .'t . * ^ =^^ 


A judge who was on circuit at a certain town was al- 
ways sure of being annoyed by some sneering remarks 
from a conceited lawyer. After one such occasion, some- 
one asked the judge at dinner why he didn't come down 
strong on the fellow. The judge dropped his knife and 
fork, placed his chin in his hands, and his elbow on the 
table as he gave emphasis to his story: "Up in our town," 
he said, "there lives a widow who has a dog, which, when- 
ever the moon shines, goes out and barks and barks at it 
all night." Stopping short he quietly began eating again. 
One of the company asked, "Well judge, what about the 
dog and the moon?" "Oh, the moon kept on shining," he 
said. — Sunday School Chronicle. 


By Mrs. G. K Dnishal 

Sunday, February 18th. Two old Riverside students in 
church this morning: Ina Noble from Cincinnati, and 
Joan Harnett of Foreseam. Joan made arrangements for 
three of her sisters to come to Riverside next year. 

Monday, February 19th. Getting mud and debris cleared 
out. Finished bam today. Served tea and cookies at Fac- 
ulty meeting, thanks to Cerro Gordo, Illinois, folks for 
cookies. Ball boys played Viper. Lost. Had blow-out go- 
ing over high Duane Hill. Gordon hitch-hiked in at 1 :00 
A. M„ leaving Miss Dee, the coach, and the boys up 
on Duane Hill in truck. Gordon got car to go after them; 
Car went over culvert which had been weakened by the 
flood. Papa got up and helped get it out. Gordon got 
back with team at 3:00 A. M. Another application for 
high school. Received papers from Maroline Studdiford of 
Winoixa Lake. 

Tuesday, Februarly 20th. Gordon and Mr. .Bickle went 
after truck 'which had to be left on Duane Hill last night. 
Ball boys all sleepy-eyed at school. Got copy of "Hazard 
Herald" where reporter had written up an interesting ac- 
count of our woman coach here. Called on Mrs. Sallie 
who will go to hospital for operation tomorrow. 

Wednesday, February 21st. All hands busy getting ready 
for Annual Bible Conference which begins tomon-ow 
night. Butchered second hog which will give us meat for 

Thursday, February 22nd. Received box of basketball 
suits from Ashland, Ohio, sent by Charles Munson. Mr. 
and Mrs. Wuthrick, returned missionaries from China, 
now with the Kinzies at Krypton, Kentucky, first to ar- 
rive for Conference. Mr. and Mrs. Owens, the musicians 
from Three Links, came next. Rev. Williamson from Day- 
ton, Tenn., came on four o'clock bus, and Rev. and Mrs. 
Powell from St. Helens, came next. .411 speakers here fori 
opening session but the Kinzies. The Owens couple, with! 
their musical glasses, saw, trombone, cornet and accor- 
dion, and their lovely voices started the Conference with 
a spiritual uplift. Mr. Powell spoke first, then Mr. Wuth- 
rick gave his picture lecture on China, and the closing 
message was given by Mr. Williamson. Mr. and Mrs. 
Owens gave musical numbers between each of the mes- 

Friday, February 23rd. All-day session of Conference. 
Theme for the day was "Faithfulness." Extra speaker 
for the day was Brother Kinzie of Krypton. Rev. Wil- 
liamson gave messages forenoon, afternoon and night.] 
Conference closed with Mr. Wuthrich giving his China || 
pictures and lecture. This Eighth Annual Bible Confer- 
ence has helped us all to appreciate more God's faith- 
fulness and gave us a detei-mination to be more faith- 

Saturday, February 24th. Conference guests and speak 
ers all left last night but Mr. and Mrs. Owens. Nice t( 
have them spend the forenoon with us. Youth Rally a 

:ARCH 24, 1951 


octor. Mr. Hall started with young folks, but lights 
fint out on bus. Came back, piled in car and truck and 
ent on even though late. 

Sunday, February 25th. Joe Barnett, our Assistant Sun- 
iy School Superintendent, home from hospital, and at 
is post. Must soon go back to Cincinnati. On way home 
•om Tom's Branch and Rowdy, had to wait long time on 
[iss Dee to come down from Fugate's Fork,. Harold 
ouch went with her to help. Five accepted Christ at one 
f the homes where she had a Bible class. Worth the long 
.luddy walk. 

Monday, February 26th. Had a lot of things to discuss 
t Faculty meeting. "How shall boarding students spend 
unday afternoon?" "Shall we have a revival meeting 
ere or at Rowdy first?" "When can we begin our D. V. 
. S., since we must be through with them all by the 
lird week in June?" "Shall we have a Junior Camp this 
aar after the Senior Camp?" 

^he College Chapel ODiary 
As Observed by The Editor 

Friday, March 9th. The morning broke cloudy and with 
few snow flurries. However the men were on the job, 
lling up against the basement walls, laying additional 
locks at the front entrance foundation and laying up 
le remainder of the south wall where heating unit is to 
e installed. No doors or window frames yet delivered. 

Monday, March 12th. Work continues while the weather 
olds fair. It is frosty this morning, but the sun shines 
rightly. Blocks are being laid to bring the kitchen and 
est room foundations up to the general level of the base- 
lent walls. These rooms will be partly under the front 
estibule and approaches to the building. 

Tuesday, March 13th. Men reported for work, but about 
:30 the beautiful (?) flakes, of snow began to descend 
-not in tiny flakes such as we usually see, but more 
'ke full grown snowballs: the largest flakes we have 
ver seen. By nightfall about five inches of this "work- 
topping" element had covered the ground (official meas- 
rement showed 5.8 inches ' , with the thermometer down 
a the freezing point. Of course this meant the ce.asing 
f the Work. 

Wednesday, March 14th. While snow still covers the 
■round, yet it is melting rapidly. Several men are at work 
his morning scattering gravel on the west side of the 
uilding where trucks drive in to unload materials. Lit- 
le else is to be reported. 

Thursday, March 15th. Still "spitting" snow, although 
t is thawing some. No work is possible under the present 
onditions. Snow is gradually settling into the ground as 
t melts. 

It has been said, and rightly so, "Because the church 
las failed to love within its own walls and fellowship, 
he world is not yet convinced that those who call them- 
ielves Christians are really followers of Jesus Christ. 


The Brethren Church at Roann, Indiana, started the 
new year with a determination to accomplish a greater 
work in the Lord's vineyard than the previous year. We 
realize this cannot be done in our own strength. Our Sun- 
day School and church has kept u.p in attendance very 
well despite the severe cold winter and much sickness 
among our membership. Some have been hospitalized, 
other victims of the "flu." But prayers were answered 
and they are being restored to health. 

About twenty-five of our young people and their lead- 
ers attended the Indiana Young People's Rally at Winona 
Lake on January 20th, and reported a very interesting 
program and a good time socially. The S. M. M. girls 
met recently and rolled bandages for the Leper Colony in 
Garkida, Africa. They also are collecting clothing for re- 
lief, and are planning a "Bake Sale" in the very near 

At the Febi-uary meeting our Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety enjoyed a book review — "Panorama of the Near 
East" — given by Mrs. E. J. Beekley of the Warsaw Breth- 
ren Church. 

The Laymen held their January meeting at our church 
and Rev. Eberly of the Cliurch of the Brethren of Ro.ann, 
brought a very inspiring message. There were nineteen 
members present. As yet the membership of the organiza- 
tion is not large, but we trust others will soon become 
interested for there is much work to he done. 

The World Day of Prayer was observed by the four 
churches in Roann, namely, Methodist, Cliristian, Church 
of the Brethren and our own Brethren church. Mrs. L. 
W. Shultz of North Manchester, was the guest speaker. 

Our Prayer and Bible Study is conducted by Rev. Bald- 
win each Wednesday evening. Some of the subjects are: 
"The Personality of the Holy Spirit"; "The Virgin Birth"; 
"The Deity of Christ." All are very interesting and the 
time is well spent. 

A "Race Relation" program was given recently on Sun- 
day evening by four students of North Manchester Col- 
lege, which proved to be very interesting. They were Ted 
Sommers, (German) Bill Chen, (Chinese) Miss Heida 
Hamman, (German) and Miss Ohla Kwysouchko (Ukran- 
ian). May we all grow in grace and in love, one for the 

Mrs. Birdie Leslie, Cor. Sec. 

Character is pretty much like window glass — when it 
is cracked it is cracked inside and outside. 




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'Publication Day Offering? 

As of March 14th the report below shows that the 
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fering is $3,412.55. The Goal was set at $5,000.00. To date 
the number of churches which have not as yet reported 
are as follows by districts: Southeastern District — 8 
churches not reported; Pennsylvania District — 9 churches 
not reporetd; Ohio District — 7 churches not reported; In- 
diana District — 15 churches not reported; Central District 
— 3 churches not reported; Mid-West District — 5 churches 
not reported; Northern California District — 4 churches 
not reported. This means that there are 51 churches over 
the brotherhood that have not as yet sent in their offer- 
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March 6 — >larch 14 

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Meyersdale, Penna., Brethren Church ] 23.10 

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Morrill, Kansas, Brethren Church 11.50 

Cameron, West. Va., Brethren Church 10.00 

Erma Bradshaw, Glenford, Ohio 1.00 

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Mexico, Indiana, Brethren Church 35.00 

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Udell, Iowa, occurred the max'riage of Miss Bethel Davi- 
son to Mr. John Ballanger, in the presence of a dozen rel- 
atives. Bethel's parents are members of the Brethren 
Church. The newly married couple will live in Oceanside, 
California, where Mr. Ballanger is stationed as a Marine. 

WOLViER-HOUSER. At the home of the bride, foui 
miles southeast of Udell, Iowa, occurred the marriage ot 
Merle Eugene Houser and Miss Lois Ann Wolver, in the 
presence of a score of relatives and friends. The groom ie 
a member of the Brethren Church and we hope his wife 
will soon become one of us. Ceremony by the writer. 

W. R. Deeter. 

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Items of genera/ Interest 

Washington, D. C. A new attendance record was set re- 
cently for a regular morning service at the Washington 
Church when 109 signed the attendance cards. 

Brother Fairbanks says that the congregation espe- 
cially enjoys the singing of the newly organized all-girl 

■ St. James, Maryland. The St. James Spring Commun- 
ion date is for April 8th. 

At a recent meeting of the St. James Laymen John 
Sensenbaugh who had to resign his position because of 
ill health, was elected as an honorary life member of the 
organization. H.e presented the organization with a stapler 
which was gratefully received. 

The Primary Department of the Sunday School gave 
an Easter Party for the children recently and a good 
time was reported by all present. 

Uniontown, Penna. Brother Ralph Mills, pastor, reports 
that the Good Friday three-hour service was held with 
our church cooperating and with Brother Mills in charge 
of the first hour of the senice. A special Good Friday 
service was also held in our church at the 7:30 hour, wdth 
the Townsend Quartet presenting a special musical pro- 
gram. Communion was held on Easter Sunday evening. A 
Sunrise service was held at the early morning hour on 

Brother Mills reports that their church will have a 
baseball team in the Midget Baseball League this sum- 

Ashland, Ohio. .Brother Charles Munson was the pre- 
Easter speaker in the Ashland Church on Tuesday, Wed-I 
nesday and Thursday evenings of Passion Week. Holj 
Communion was obs,erved on Friday night. 

On Palm Sunday morning the Children's Choir sang at 
the morning service. At the evening hour the Men's Gos- 
pel Team of Ashland College had charge of the open- 
ing service and the Biblical Sound Film, "The First Eas- 
ter," was given. 

The Social Welfare Committee of the church distrib- 
uted flowers to the shut-ins of the church, ,an annual Eas-, 
ter contribution of the church to those who cannot gei 
out to services. 

On Easter Sunday morning, at the Sunrise hour, Breth 
i-en Youth were in charge of the service. At the evening, 
hour the choir rendered the E.aster story in song anc 
scripture. The Adult Choir, Junior Choir and a trio ol, 
readers, under the direction of Leo Jones, Choir Director, 
gave this beautiful rendition. 

On Palm Sunday morning seven babies were dedicatee 
to the Lord by their parents. 

Louisville, Ohio. On March 11th, in the absence o; 
Brother Byler, pastor, the picture-sermon, "The Dying 
Thief," was shown. The morning hour was given over t( 
the W. M. S. Public Service, with Mrs. Bernice Friersoi 
as the guest speaker. 

On Sunday, March 18th Prof. J. Garber Di-ushal wai 
the morning guest speaker and at the evening hour thi 
Sisterhood gave the play, "The Lord Is Risen." 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother Crick was guest speaker at tb 
Sunrise Service at Camden, Ohio, on Easter Sunda; 

The Gratis Laymen have been making a "Waste Pape 
Drive" recently and will turn the money thus gained t. 
the Miami Valley Laymen. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother S. M. Whetstone reports that si: 
have recently been added to the membership of th 
church, with three others awaiting baptism. 

Brother Wlietstone has been invited to be one of th 
speakers at the Seventieth Anniversary program at th 
Berlin, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church on April 22nc 
Brother Whetstone a former Berlin pastor. 

The Lo Br.e Lea Class room has a new piano in it no\ 
— the gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Shellabarger. 

The Dayton Laymen will have a "fish fry" on Monda; 
evening, April 9th. 

New Paris, Indiana. We note that Brother George Pon 
tins of Elkhart, Indiana, is acting as pastor for the Nei 
Paris Church pending the location of a resident pastor. 

Elkhart, Indiana^ Brother King reports that there wer 
seventy-two at prayer meeting recently and that thi 
phase of the work is growing. 

Thirty-eight Elkhart Laymen recently attended th 
Laymen's Rally which was held at the Goshen church o 
Monday evening, F,ebruary 26th. He says there was 
total attendance of 224. 

We note that Sister King was scheduled to leave Miam 
Florida, by plane for South America to be with hb 
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lARCH 31, 1951 


IBehind The Gurtains 

_JAVE YOU EViER passed a house where the blinds 
!T. were pulled, and only the slightest trace of light 
iscaped around them ? Have you ever wondered what they 
night be doing, and whether they were ashamed of their 
ictivities? Well, at least twice in my life I have had those 
iving nearby who did so, and who, when they wanted to 
hrow "parties" always pulled down their blinds, at least 
m the side nearest the parsonage. ITiere could be no 
urer way of expressing to us that they were doing some- 
hing of which they were ashamed and which they knew 
ifas not right to do. 

We are hearing much about the "Iron Curtain of Rus- 
ia." And recently I picked up an exchange magazine 
hat carried an article under the caption, "From Behind 
he .Bamboo Curtain." This article dealt with the com- 
nunistic movement in China. With these two "curtains" 
lefore me, it set me to thinking! 

Are there not other curtains behind which plottings are 
leing made, not only to rule over the life of man, but to 
ake over even his very soul ? 

Now, for instance, there is the curtain of suggestion of 
mbelief. That curtain has been seeking to separate man 
rom God ever since God created man. That curtain is 
fierely a suggestion that certain things which God has 
omnianded are not essential, either to salvation, or to 
ur living a Christian life. The Devil has a very great 
,bility in throwing doubt into the minds of man. One of 
lis most potent barbs is that which causes man to say 
n his heart, "Am I absolutely sure about this?" That is 
he way he obtained entrance into the hunxan heart. Re- 
nemher that it was by suggestion of doubt in God's com- 
nand to Adam and Eve that they eat not of the trees 
hat stood in the midst of the garden, that he caused Eve 
first disobey, and in turn, Adam to do likewise. Note 
ifhat he said, "Now, Eve, do you really think that God 
neant what He said? Of course He warned you not to 
at of the tree's fi-uit, for He knows that in the moment 
'ou do this you shall be just as wise as He is, knowing 
;ood from evil. He is just afraid you will be equal to 
iim." He made it a point, without telling the whole truth, 
o cast a doubt in the mind of Eve. And how well he suc- 
.eeded is the history of all evil abroad in the world to- 

Satan has a plan to throw a definite germ of disbelief 
nto the minds of men everywhere. The only way he can 
lo this is to find those who are willing to accept his 
reacherous suggestions and to definitely teach such un- 
lelief — to say definitely, "There is no God!" and to say 
t so convincingly that men will come to believe it. But 
he Word of God has definitely said, "The fool has said 
n his heart, There is no God." 

That Satan is attaining a manner of success in his cam- 

paign is found in his communistic efforts and impulse that 
is seeking to surge from behind both the "Iron Curtain" 
of Russia, and the "Bamboo Curtain" of China. This cam- 
paign has the following points for its tenets: 

1. It believes in no God. Of course this is false and we 
know it. The world could not get along without God and 
the very meaning of life is found in God. Jesus set forth 
the greatest rule of living ever made when he said, as 
He spoke to the tempter in the wilderness, "Man cannot 
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God." The communist puts his em- 
phasis on physical and material well being. He disregards 
the spiritual entirely. Therefore he is saying that there 
is no God. How wrong he is. But still he is making con- 
verts through his lies day after day. For if there is no 
God, men who want to live without moral and spiritual 
obligation think they have escaped from the results of 
their evil lives. 

2. The communist believes that there is no morality. 
Whatever brings results that they want to attain is right 
and proper. It matters now how the end is obtained, 
whether by war, murder, torture, lies, violence of all kinds 
that may seem to be necessary. It is all to the good for 
them if they attain the thing they are after. But no one 
can believe this if he takes a good look at the results 
which come from such a philosophy. Immorality always 
brings its own punishment physically and can never be 
condoned by a righteous God. 

3. Man is regarded as only what some one has called 
"a high grade animal," in the thought of the communist. 
Man only exists that he may become a tool of the state. 
Man has no value in himself except as he becomes a cog 
in the wheel of their so-called progress. However any 
real thinking man will realize that those high in com- 
munistic circles never consider themselves down on the 
level of the common man of the street in their com- 
munistic countries. The rank and file of these men are 
kept in ignorance in order that they may be kept under 
the heel of oppression. That is what Satan wants, for 
man to be kept in ignorance of what God can and will do. 
They are simply duped into unconsciousness by the lies 
concocted by satanic power. 

It behooves us, as Christians, to use every power in 
our possession to combat these false subtleties of satan, 
■using every weapon in which God has endowed us — faith, 
assurance, the Sword of the Spirit — to send forth the 
"Truth" found in His Word. And we cannot do it too quick- 
ly, lest the enemy overtake us and overcome us even as 
he did Adam and Eve in the garden. Let us stand firm in 
the faith; quitting like men, being strong. 

Think it over! 



Out l^esponsibility 

"And he saith unto them, Come ye after me and I 
will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). 

For The Salvation of Others 

after all has been done and said, \vithin this text is 
revealed the plan of the Master for reaching men every- 
where. He saves men that they may win others to Him 
and His work. His ovm mission while here on this earth 
was "to seek and to save that which was lost." When He 
left this world he placed the task of continuing the win- 
ning of men upon the shoulders of His disciples. Have 
we ever devised a better plan than He left with the dis- 
ciples, even with all our modern church machinery and 
equipment, that of personal encounter and personal in- 
vitation ? 

When Jesus walked by the sea and extended the invi- 
tation to Peter and Andrew, James and John to "come 
after me and become fishers of men." He was simply un- 
folding His plan to bring men to Himself. The church 
today must realize anew the great responsibility of this 
work. Each individual Christian must realize that he has 
a part in winning the world to Christ. 

Luther once declared that "the conversion of lost souls 
determines a standing or falling church." Our Lord said, 
"As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." Truly 
here lies our responsibility, both indiwdually and collec- 
tively for the continuing of the church as a medium 
through which men are won to Clirist. To have effective 
evangelism there are a few elements that must be brought 
to mind. 

1. A Passion for Souls is Necessary 

THE GREAT PASSION that possessed Jesus was that 
the world might be converted to the faith. Tlxat deep pas- 
sion in His soul is seen more than once in His work with 
men. He called Andrew and Peter that they in turn might 
receive a passion for others. What is this passion? Is it 
not that deep heart love that Jesus possessed to do men 
good and to win them to the highest life ? The most faith- 
ful followers of Jesus throughout the centuries have dis- 
played this passion in the work of winning souls. It is 
the passion that causes men and women to forsake the 
comforts of home in America and go to the lands where 
persecution and even death may overtake them, in order 
that they may tell the good news of salvation to those 
M-ho have never heard it. Tliis passion for souls may be 
costly; it may mean sacrifice for a cause. Too many Chris- 
tians seem not to be willing to pay the price of this "pas- 
sion for souls." A band of Christians united for this one 
purpose could soon bring a revival in any church or com- 

Moreover, prayer is a means of approach to this pas- 
sion for souls. Our Master prayed for men. We seem to 
be thinking in terms of man-power these days — but it is 
man-power that will seek to destroy. Jesus was always 
thinking in terms of man-power, but that thinking caused 

both Him and His followers to pray for the salvation o) 

Prayer is a spiritual urge which we need in seekingi 
the salvation of others. We cannot long pray for mei 
without speaking to them concerning their spiritual con- 
dition. If you will pray for your neighbor for a period ol; 
three months you will find yourself constrained to speal 
to him about your Christ and your Church. Pray definitely 
for your community for a period of one year and you will 
be found working for the salvation of the people wh(' 
live in it. Constant prayer for your chui-ch will lead yoij 
to become one of its active workers. j 

It has been said, and rightly so, that if we have learnetl 
the secret of the place of prayer, we have in our handij 
the most powerful fulcrum in the world for lifting meii 
and women into salvation through Christ. It is a greaj 
pity that we can be so content to go on in our individua 
lives without using this gi-eat power for the salvation o) 
our friends. j 

2. Thiere is a Message that We Must Possess ] 

BUT BEFORE we can present this message we mus'j 
first realize the destructive power of sin. The Word o;j 
God tells us how ten-ible it is: "For though thou wasl 
thee with lye, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquit; 
is marked before me, saith the Lord God"; "For all havt 
sinned and come short of the glory of God"; "For tht 
wages of sin is death"; "The soul that sinneth it shal 
die." There is no point in arguing whether sin exists o) 
not. He must be blind indeed who cannot see the blighi 
and wreckage caused by sin. The tragedies of sin are re 
vealed before our eyes every day, in the press and b; 
our omi personal observation. How anyone without faitl 
in God and in His ultiniate judgment can be an optimis 
and have hope for the future is beyond comprehension 
Yet, how few feel the deep consciousness of sin. But be^ 
fore we can realize to the full our responsibility for thi 
salvation of others, we must realize to the full the awfu 
consequences of sin in the lives of men. The message w< 
have is one that seeks to destroy sin and to bring mei 
and women into the right relation they should bear witJ 
the Master. 

This message of salvation is a weapon against sin, an* 
over against the reality of sin we would place the powei 
of an all-conquering Christ. This is the message the liv 
ing message of the Living God. We have that message i: 
our hands — •vnll it remain dormant in our hands whil 
men and women continue on their way to perdition, o 
will we use it ? Are we really offering men this wondei 
ful freedom from the power of sin? 

3. There is a Personal Responsibility for Winning Soul 

THIS RESPONSIBILITY is revealed when Christ call 

.lARCH 31, 1951 


s to Himself. As honest men and women we should face 
tus responsibility for the salvation of others. One of the 
rst questions God ever asked of man was this, "Where 
3 thy brother?" Cain had a responsibility for his brother, 
/ook at the picture in the New Testament where we read 
f Andrew bringing his own brother Simon Peter to 
;hrist. It gives us a beautiful thought: "Andrew first 
ringeth his owm brother Simon ..." Thus we see that 
his responsibility is bound up in the Bible record. Jesus 
alls men to Himself that they may go out after the lost, 
'here is sometliing emphatic in the one word that Jesus 
poke to His disciples when He said, "Go." "Go make dis- 
iples." It is not ours to question an explicit command 
ke that. Whatever else the church may be called to do, it 
annot afford to neglect its supreme business — the win- 
ing of souls. 

To illustrate the value of souls the late Dr. J. Wilbur 
Shapman used to tell the story of a farmer in the moun- 
ains of North Carolina, who drove to town in an old- 
ashioned covered wagon. He let his horses stand for a 
ew minutes outside the store while he was transacting 
usiness, when suddenly he heard a ci-y and some one 
houted, "Your horses are running away." He ran and 
lade one spring, succeeded in catching the lines, but his 
orses were now going with such force that he was 

throwTi to the ground and bi-uised badly. Springing quick- 
ly to his feet he caught the spokes of the hind wheel 
of the wagon, but the wheel whirling around threw him 
and he was all but insensible. Finally the horses were 
stopped and the farmer bleeding and bruised came hur- 
rying up. Someone said to him, "Why did you take such 
a risk? You might have been killed and the team was 
not worth it." Tlie man pulled aside the curtain of the 
wagon and drew out from the straw on the bottom of the 
wagon his little boy, and holding him up he said, "This 
is the reason." 

When we know fully the value of lost men and women, 
boys and girls, we will see the importance of this work 
of saving men. Ministers, parents, Sunday school teachers, 
officers in the church and private members have this re- 
sponsibility of telling the good news of salvation. Any one 
who can win a friend can win souls to Christ. A captive 
girl led Syria's great captain to healing by the simple 
words, "Would God my lord were with the prophet in 
Samaria, for he would recover him of his leprosy." A 
woman of sin led a whole village to Christ by saying, 
"Come see a man who told me all tilings that ever I did: 
is not this the Clirist?" And centuries ago the wise man 
said, "He that winneth souls is wise." 






A Study Of Stewardship 

3NE OF THE VITAL THEMES that should be stud- 
ied by the entire church today is that our rela- 
ion to God as regards material things hinges on our re- 
ation to God in our spiritual life and attitudes. Far too 
ften, without going into the subject as it is established 
1 the Word of God, we are too prone to say that very 
ittle is said concerning this subject in the Bible, and 
rhat is said is subject to our own interpretation as in- 
ividuals. But we feel that God has made the subject one 
hat is very definite as it touches the lives of His follow- 

Because of this w.e find the church is impoverished in 
ertain quarters. Many are willing to give to one phase 
f the activities of the church to the exclusion of all 
thers, when all these others are just as important to 
he progress of the work. Who is to say that there is one 
ctivity that is more important than the other? The little 
airspring in the watch is just as important to the mech- 
nism of the watch as is the mainspring. Each without 
he other would be absolutely useless. Even so, each and 
very phase of the work of the church is impotent with- 
ut it being tied into the general plan and purpose of 
he work. 

Let us examine some important texts in connection with 
his study. The quoted scriptures are not exhaustive and 
thers should be added by the one making such study, 
^is can be done with the aid of a good concordance 

and also by using the cross references in your Bible. We 
begin with: 

God's Ownership: 

1. Leviticus 25:23 — "Tlie land shall not be sold for 
ever: for the land is mine ..." 

2. Haggai 2:8 — "The silver is mine, and the gold is 
mine, saith the Lord of hosts." 

3. Ezekiel 18:4 — "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul 
of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine ..." 

4. I Corinthians 6:20 — For ye are bought with a price: 
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, 
which are God's." 

Our Stewardlship: 

1. Luke 16:12 — "And if ye have not been faithful in 
that which is another man's, who shall give you that 
which is your ownl" 

2. I Corinthians 4:2 — "Moreover it is required in stew- 
ards that a man be found faitliful." 

God's Command: 

1. Malachi 3:10 — "Bring ye all the tithes into the store- 
house, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove 
me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not 
open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a 
blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive 




2. Matthew 10:8 — " . . . freely ye have received, freely 
give ..." 

God's Example: 

1. I Timothy 6:17 — "Charge them that are rich in this 
world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncer- 
tain richS'S, but in the living God, who giveth us richly 
all things to enjoy." 

2. Corinthians 1:4-5 — "I thank my God always on 
your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by 
Jesus Christ; that in everything ye are enriched by 
him . . . " 

3. John 3:16 — " ... he gave his only begotten son ..." 

4. II Corinthians 8:9 — "For ye know the grace of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for 
your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty 
might be rich." 

Our Partnership: 

1. II Corinthians 5:20 — "Now then we are ambassadors 
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we 
pray you in Chi'ist's stead, be ye reconciled to God." 

2. John 15:14 — "Ye are ray friends, if ye do whatsoever 
I command you." 

3. Galatians 4:7 — "Wherefore thou art no more a ser- 
vant, but a son, then an heir of God through Christ." 

God's Promises: 

1. II Corinthians 1:20 — "For all the promises of God 
in him are yea, and in him, Amen, unto the glory of God 
by us." 

2. Proverbs 4:9-10 — "Honor the Lord with thy substance, 
and with the first fruits of thine increase: so shall thy 
barns be filled with plenty." 

Our Blessedness: 

1. Acts 20:35 — "I have showed you all things, how that 
so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remem- 
ber the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said. It is moi'e 
blessed to give than to receive." 


Give Proportionately: 

1. Matthew 23:23 — " ... ye pay tithe of mint and anise 
and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of 
the law, judgment, mercy and faith, these ye ought to 
have done, and not to leave the other undone." 

2. Luke 12:48 — " . . . for unto whomsoever much is 
given, of him shall be much required ..." 

Remember An Accounting Is Required: 

1. Luke 16:2 — "And he called him, and said unto him, 
How is it I hear this of thee? give an account of thy 
stewardship ..." 

2. Matthew 22:21 — " . . . render therefore unto Caesar 
the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things 
that are God'e." 

Give Lovingly: 

1. I Corinthians 13:3 — "And though I bestow all my 
goods to feed the poor . . . and have not love, it profiteth 
me nothing." 

2. Matthew 25:40 — "And the King shall answer and 

say unto them, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one o: 
the least of these my brethren, y* have done it unto me.' 

Give Gladly: 

1. II Corinthians 9:7 — "Elvery man according as h( 
purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly 
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." 

Give Freely: 

1. II Corinthians 8:7 — "Therefore, as ye abound ii 
every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, an( 
in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abouni 
in this grace also." 

2. II Corinthians 8:11-12 — "Now therefore perforn 
the doing of it: that as there was a readiness to will, s< 
there may be a performance also out of that which yc 
have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is acceptec 
according to that a man hath, and not according to tha^ 
he hath not." 

freely ye have received, freelj 

3. Matthew 10:8—" 
give ..." 

Give Regularly: 

1. 1 Corinthians 16:2 — "Upon the first day of the weel 
let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hatl 
prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.' 

Give BeUevingly: 

1. Hebrews 11:4 — "By faith Abel offered unto God 
more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtainei 
witness that he was righteous, God testifying of hi 
gifts . . ." 

Can we longer say that the Woi-d of God has nothinjl 
to say about the matter of stewardship? Once more w 
need bo realize that if God's plan is carried out as H' 
has given it to us, that our stewardship will not only b 
more carefully checked, but that we will come to th 
I'ealization that the more willingly we give, the mor 
gi'acious is the return we will I'eceive from God, 

t^he Church and I?he Parm 

Men hold three times as many church offices as th 
women, but the women do nearly twice as much of thi 
church work as the men. 

These facts were found in a study of 412 farm fami 
lies in six southeastern states. 

Nearly all the families said they had "grace at meals. 
Practically none have family prayers morning or evening 
Nearly all said they read the Bible "regularly," but fe\ 
could recall the last time they had read it. 

Eighty-four per cent of the men belonged to a churc 
and 92 per cent of the women. They "joined up" but di| 
not attend so well. The men attended, 4 per cent regu 
larly, 32 per cent irregularly and 23 per cent almost nevei 
These were farmers and the attendance of the women wa 
only slightly better than the men. 

The soil practices and the standard of living improve 
in the same proportion as their church score. In othe 
words their religious life made of them better farmer 
and better parents. — From the Rural Church Departmen 
Drew Seminary, Madison, New Jersey. 

lARCH 31, 1951 


The Missionary Board Section 

Furnished byE. M. Riddle, Secretary 

One-sided Vision 

By Vergie Garber 

rHERiE IS NOTHING GLAMOROUS at all about "the 
general fmid" of any mission society. In fact, it is 
ke "pulling- teeth" to get the average Christian to take 
riy interest at all in the ov,er-all picture of missions, 
he more attractive side of foreign missions — the specific 
ppeal — is wliat most Christians and most churches are in- 
jrested in. 

Often the only time the average Christian is brought 
ice to face with "the general fund" is in an annual re- 
ort, where he is dumbfounded at the amount of undes- 
jnated "overhead" expenditures. At once there arises a 
sal question in his mind: "If the support of the mission- 
ries is entirely underwritten, why the need for this ad- 
itional budget?" And a natural question it is, especially 
1 view of the fact that, in some instances, money may 
av.e been misdirected for use at home or for projects, 
: not unrelated, at least secondary to the primary goal 
E soul saving. For this reason, many have come to look 
skance at the so-called "general fund." 

One must not be unmindful of the fact also, that des- 
;nated, specific giving is bound to create deep interest and 
ring real blessing to any church or individual. It not 
nly should be encouraged, it must be encouraged. Noth- 
ig will bring more blessings to any church than the feel- 
ig that these are our missionaries. Their problems are 
ur problems; their victories our victories. Their needs 
re our needs. But its danger is that of becoming one- 
^ded in perspective vision. 

For example, all of us would enjoy the privilege of 
nowing that we are supporting A and B in the thrilling 
linistry of broadcasting the Gospel on the foreign field. 
fe swell up with pride as we see their pictures and read 
leir interesting, thrilling letters. But A and B would not 
e broadcasting from the Andean heights of Soutlr Amer- 
;a or the scenic capitol of the Philippines were it not 
3r the business manager of the mission, who works six 
ays a week seeing that the books are kept and that the 
lissionaries are paid on time and according to the wishes 
£ their supporters. The business manager, too, must re- 
vive a salary and is faced with the responsibility of sup- 
orting a family in face of the high cost of livmg. But, 
£ course, he is paid from "the general fund" and no one 
ays much attention to that phase of missionai-y need, 
here is nothing attractive about supporting a business 
lanager and his family. 

The fact of the matter is, that before A and B ever 
'ent to the field, the director of their mission was asked 
) speak at a number of churches and missionary confer- 
nces, presenting the new candidates and soliciting prayer 
iterest and support. Actually the expenditures involved 

in travel, and the like, amounted to almost triple the 
amount received in offerings. In some instances, there 
were no offerings, for as the pastor put it, "We are not 
able to give right now, but we believe your coming has 
created a real missionary interest." Of course, these ex- 
penditures came out of the "general fund," while the of- 
ferings received were designated to go directly toward 
the salary of the new missionaries, "when they arrive on 
the field." The director spent nearly three weeks of his 
time helping A and B to get their support. During that 
time he and his family, as well as A and B, had to live 
also on the "general fund." Letters had to be sent out, 
which meant stationery, postage, salaries for office help, 
office rent, coal to heat the office, light bills, building re- 
pairs, and a host of other odd items. A and B were taken 
around town for last minute details before going to the 
dock for sailing. This meant wear and tear on the mission 
car as well as gasoline and oil. 

But this was only the beginning. After they reached 
the field there were hosts of other expenses that were 
never included in the so-called "support of the mission- 
ary." Electric bills for operating a full-time radio station 
on city power lines, replacement of radio tubes, bioad- 
casting equipment, salaries of national technical help, 
maintenance upkeep, travel, secretarial help ... all of 
these things mount up to big figures in running a Gos- 
pel broadcasting station. The support of A and B is only 
a small part of these "operating costa," 

A and B are deeply grateful to their supporters for the 
generous help received, but they also carry the weight of 
"additional" costs of which the average church is entirely 
unaware. If only churches and individuals could be made 
to see the importance of a balance between "specific" giv- 
ing and giving to the "general fund," the energies spent 
in pleading with God for present urgent needs could be 
applied to getting out the Gospel more effectively. Des- 
ignated and genex-al giving are both vitally essential to 
the maintaining of proper missionary vision. — Sunday 
School Times. 


General IVIiscellaneous $ 48.50 

National W. M. S 1,000.00 

Jesse Eynian Estate 657.34 



A note from Reverend Frank Garber, pastor at Chey- 
enne, Wyoming, says, "We are still on the job and surely 
progress is being made since the special meetings last 
fall." "Our attendance," he says, "is just about double 
that of a year ago." The spiritual status of the group is 
the best ever, reports the Pastor. The brotherhood ap- 
preciates such news from these newer points. 



The Matron Reports From 
The Brethren's Home 

Greetings from the Brethren's Home. 

This may be a late date to thank the wonderful Breth- 
ren Churches that helped to make the holiday season so 
enjoyable at the Home. The greetings and gifts came so 
many and fast that the maihnan drove up to the door 
and sounded the horn for help. Then we all went mnning 
to carry in the mai\. Such a happy time! In the rush I 
tried to keep an account of evei-y church or group or in- 
dividual that remembered us so I could send them a 
"Thank You" letter. If we have missed any one, please 
forgive us, as it was not intentional. Even some of the 
fine Woman's Missionary Societies came into the Home 
with a program, candy, fruit, cookies and gifts. Anything 
I could say would not be adequate, but I still want to 
say "Thank you, and may the Lord bless you richly." 

We have had a fine winter at the Home. Plenty to eat; 
nice, wann, clean rooms and a wonderful fellowship with 
each other and our friends who come to visit with us. 
Every Thursday evening Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Stewart 
come to the Home and have a prayer service and Bible 
study with us. We have been very fortunate to have Rev. 
and Mrs. Jones Brower with us this winter and he con- 
ducts our morning worship servicQ. 

Grandma Lowman, aged ninety-four, was called to her 
heavenly home on February 5, 1951. We miss her so much. 
Mrs. Luella Kebert has been bedfeast for twenty-two 
weeks. Most of our folks are not too well, but are usual- 
ly able to come to meals. 

We have been getting letters this spring asking pbout 
the needs of the Home. I thought this note might be of 
interest to any church or group or individual who might 
be interested in helping the Home this spring. 

We just received a letter from Mrs. E. J. Beekley of 
Warsaw, telling us that the Warsaw W. M. S. group is 
coming a day to help us clean house. That really is good 

The Home is desperately in need of curtains (2y2 yards 
long). Most rooms have two windows. We need rag rugs 
for the kitchen and even some fluffy rugs for the rooms. 
We need a couple of congoleum i-ugs. We have three or 
four stuffed chairs that would look nice in our big i-oom 
if they were covered. 

A few bed-spreads would come in handy. Of course tow- 
els, pillow cases, sheets and washcloths are always needed. 
Our tablecloths are nearly gone and we have been think- 
ing some bright colored ones would make our dining room 
more cheery. They would have to be seventy-two inches 
long. Many of our dresser scarfs are looking "sad." A 
few of the i-ooms need little stands and tables. Some need 
a cheerful picture or two. Some do not have a little bed 
or boudoir lamp. 

We will be thankful for canned goods, jellies or any 
surplus food at any time. 

These articles need not all be new. Sometimes you 
have just such an article and no place for it. 

We are expecting some new members this spring and 
we would like to have their rooms lovely when they ar- 

All this may sound like a big order. Our Home is like 
yours — things do wear out. I thought that maybe this 
might help those churches who desire to do extra mis- 
sionary work and were thinking of the Home. Our Home 
is your Home. We wish the entire Brotherhood would re- 
alize this and that the Home is the result of your inter- 
est, prayers, money and thoughtfulness. You are always 
welcome to visit us. We give you a very special invita- 
tion to come at any time. Only by visiting us can you re- 
ally become interested in the Home and realize what ai 
wonderful work the Brethren are doing for their aged 

Rev. C. A. Stewart, the Flora pastor, is holding pre- 
Easter meetings at this time, and "Bud" Hunter is lead- 
ing the song services. Each night they make a wire-re- i 
cording of the sei'vices and bring this to the Home thei 
following day. It has been a wonderful thing to do fori 
the people here. We thank them so much. | 

Before closing I want to list the names of those who 
are in the Home at the present time. We are planning 
on three or four more in the near future. Those here at 
present are: Mrs. Orpha Beekley, Mrs. Eva Shanafelt, 
Mrs. Emma Berkheiser, Mrs. Mary Coin, Mns. Ida Ege, 
Mrs. Luella Kebert, Mrs. Mary Obenchain, Rev. and Mrs. 
Jonas Brower, John Dishon, David EUer and Charles Kim- 
brough. Bert Daniel will be here on April 1st. 

Mrs. Charles McDaniel, Matron. 


Leonard W. Mayo, President of the Child Welfare 
League of America, recently pointed out as among the 
cases of mental disorder and juvenile delinquency among 
children, the fact that 4,000,000 American mothers work 
outside their homes to augment family incomes; that 
3,000,000 of these homes are substandard; and that 0,000,- 
000 children are members of families disrupted by divorce, 
death and desertion. He pleaded that "this wealthiest na 
tion in the world" do something to prevent children work- 
ing long hours and beyond their strength, and to do 
something for the 1,900,000 children under 15 years of 
age who are without adequate health and medical care.^ 
World 0.utlook. 


A little girl was coming away from a Sunday School 
party with a bag of sweets, an orange and a card or 
which the words were inscribed, "Have Faith in God.' 
Sitting near the door in a bus going home, a gust ol 
wind caught the text and to the little girl's dismay it waj 
carried down the road. Whereupon she exclaimed: "Stoi 
the bus — stop the bus — I've lost my Faith in God!" How 
many of us just as quickly lose our Faith in Him? Hov 
we need to remind ourselves that even "If we believe not 
yet He abideth faithful" (II Timothy 2:13). 

ilARCH 31, 1951 


Importance of the 'Resurrection 
To Qhristian Helief 

by Edwin Puterbaugh 

In the light of the importance of the resurrection to 
Christian belief, it may seem strange that some should 
;ake such obvious pleasure in attempting to refute it or 
;o deny its essential bodily nature. Yet s.uch is the case, 
rhose who deny the bodily resurrection are almost all in- 
iluded in four groups: (1) those who hold to the swoon 
;heory, (2) those who hold the vision theory, (3) those 
,vho hold the temporary materialization theory, and (4) 
those who accept the legend theory. 

The holders of the swoon theory say Christ never died 
it all, but merely fainted, then revived in the cool air of 
;he tomb. Yet we read in the Bible that the soldiers 
Dierced Jesus' side and blood and water gushed forth. 

The devotees of the vision theory say that the disciples 
[contrary to the plain teaching of the Scriptures) ex- 
pected Christ to rise from the dead, and merely imagined 
jhey saw Him in a vision or dream. But how can a vision 
!at, as He did on the road to Emmaus. 

The advocates of the temporary materialization theory 
naintain that Christ actually did rise but only in spirit 
'orm. They say that He returned to the disciples as a 
ipirit, instructed them briefly and then ascended to Heav- 
m. Yet Thomas felt the wounds in Jesus' side, then con- 
fessed Him, saying, "My Lord and my God." 

The last of the four theories, or legend theory, is quite 
IS ridiculous as the swoon theory. This theory holds that 
:he disciples expected Jesus to rise (which they certainly 
iid not) and thought about it so much that after a while 
;he story grew up that He did arise, although actually 
de did not. This theory is quite impossible, for legends 
;ake hundreds of years to become fully developed; yet a 
ittle over a month after the crucifixion, the disciples were 
^reaching Jesus' resurrection as historical fact. 

Many proofs can be cited for the authenticity of the 
resurrection, such as the new tomb, the precautions ta- 
<en in securing it, the ready accessibility of the tomb, 
md so on. But to those who doubt the inspiration of the 
Bible these statements are no proof. To them it should 
irst be pointed out. that the records give every evidence 
)f being personal accounts of the resurrection. The very 
fact that there are different emphases and slightly dif- 
ferent details related in the several accounts is proof of 
;heir authenticity, for men lying to perpetrate a fraud 
would surely present records more nearly the same than 
ire the Gospel records. The striking thing about the four 
iocounts is the individuality of the records coupled with 
;he fact that the different accounts in no way contradict 
;aoh other. 

All these proofs are worthy of consideration, and still 
rthers might be cited. But to the Christian none of these 
proofs is really necessary. For the change that came over 
3ur lives when we accepted Him as our Saviour is proof 
mough that He who died on the cross lives forever. "You 
isk me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart." 

— Ashland Theological Seminary. 

fin Opevi Letter to TBreihren 

(The following letter was sent out by Brother Byler 
to his congregation, and we felt that it would be good 
to have the entire Brotherhood read it. We have done 
this without even asking so much as by your leave, 
Brother Byler, but we are sure that you will not care — 
Kditor. ) 

We Americans are great talkers about our "rights" and 
"privileges." We are emphatic about the things that we 
believe and stand for — but so many times the things that 
are so important to us (at least important according to 
our speech) are not important enough for us to do much 
about them. Let me cite a few examples: 

1. Most of us would fight for the freedom to wor- 
ship God as we choose, but the majority of Ameri- 
cans, today, are not worshipping God on Sunday or 
any other day. 

2. The Bible is still the best seller in our land, but 
it is one of the last books that most people turn to 
for guidance and help. 

3. We agree that we should "remember the Sabbath 
day to keep it holy," and at the same time we dese- 
crate it, and the person who speaks about "keeping 
the Lord's Day" is a "fanatic." 

4. Most of us agree heartily that one of the worst 
tricks of Communism is its destruction of church 
buildings, and speedily forget that there are two ways 
to let the church building decay — smash it, or stay 
away from it. 

5. We sing with happy voices "God Bless America" 
and constantly keep on converting more corn and 
wheat and rye into liquor, and moi'e and more of our 
people (including a great number of our young people) 
are finding their ways to Hell because of this im- 
proper use of the food that God has given to us for 
our blessing. 

Yes, we Americans do a lot of talking. The place of 
the church in America was never more important than 
it is right now. We Christians have a greater responsi- 
bility — i-ight now — than had any other group of Chris- 
tian people in centuries. And God depends upon us to 
carry out the program of His Church. The commission 
"Go Ye" applies today to each one of us, just as much 
as it applied to Peter, to James, or to John. "Ye shall 
be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, 
and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." 

What does that mean to your church? Just one thing! 
We can't expect to feel that our responsibility ends when 
we have sent a representative to the foreign mission field. 
(The Louisville Church supports Miss June Byler in South 
America.) We have responsibilities right here in our own 
church, too. Let's check our own lives, and the lives of 
our families, according to the five points above. It is a 
good thing to take inventory from time to time. 

(Now apply this to your own life and church, and see 
where you stand. — Editor.) 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

daughter and family, Mrs. Robert ByLer, for a time. She 
was taken to Miami by auto by Miss Janet King and 
Miss Mary Alice Purcell. She was to board the plane on 
Monday, March 26th. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Mr. Suh, a Korean who lived just 
two miles from the 38th parallel in Korea, was a recent 
guest speaker for the Semper Fidelis Class. 

Warsaw, Indiana^ Brother Beekley informs us that their 
new church study telephone number is 1131-R and that 
he will be glad for any one who is passing through War- 
saw to call him if they would like to see the church. 

The Warsaw Communion date is set for Sunday evening, 
April 1st. 

March 11th was "Go-to-Church Sunday" with the 
churches in Warsaw. Our church joined in the effort to 
get out a large attendance. 

Huntington, Indiana. In a note from Brother Gilmer, 
he says, "The Ambassador Quartet from Ashland College 
was well received when they were at Huntington recent- 
and drew good crowds. They are fine boys." 

Loree, Indiana. We learn that Brother Harold Hummel 
of Goshen, Indiana, is filling the pulpit at the Loree 
Church until such time as they can procure a I'esident 

Flora, Indiana. Brother C. A. Stewart, the recently in- 
stalled pastor at Flora, is regularly holding a Prayer Ser- 
vice each Thuiisday evening at the Brethren's Home. The 
Benevolent Board appreciates this vei-y much, as also do 
the residents of the Home. On Thursday evening, March 
1st, Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel, Superintendent and Matron 
of the Home planned a program in honor of the fifty- 
eighth wedding anniversary of Brother and Sister Jonas 
Brower, who have been residing at the Home this winter. 

Brother Stewart reports that on Sunday evening, March 
11th the young people organized a youth meeting. Miss 
Elaine McDaniel was elected president of the group. 

A two week revival effort was concluded on Easter 
Sunday at the Flora church. .Brother Stewart did the 
preaching and Brother "Bud" Hunter was the song direc- 
tor. We will look for a report of the meeting soon. 

Brother Stewart says that eleven of the men from the 
Flora Laymen's organization attended the District gather- 
ing at Mexico on March 5th. 

Lanark, Illinois. Word comes from the Lanark church 
correspondent that the Good Friday Services were held 
in our church and that Mrs. J. D. Hamel, the formef Jean 
Rowsey, daughter of Brother and Sister Rowsey of Ash- 
land, was chosen to direct the combined choirs of the city 
for the service. The speakei' was Rev. Herbert Moushon 
of the Christian Church. 

Brother Hamel, recently installed pastor at Lanark, re- 
ports that one new member has been added to the church 
since his arrival, coming from the Dayton Hillcrest Church 
by letter. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Youth of the Waterloo Church 
joined with the youth of the Church of the Brethren in 
a Sunrise Service on Easter morning. Brother Charles 
Munson, scheduled guest speaker could not be present. 
Breakfast was served by the Church of the Brethren fol- 
lowing the service. 

The Waterloo Choir presented a special program of 
anthems and special numbers on Sunday evening, March 

The Laymen and Boys' .Brotherhood met in joint ses- 
sion at the church on Monday evening, March 19th. A 
guest speaker was present. 

Morrill, Kansas. A note from Brother Robert Bischof 
reads as follows: "The work has been going along fine 
this winter. The weather has been, on the whole, most 
agreeable so that few have been bothered with road con- 
ditions. Of course there has been a few Sundays when 
the weather caused a decided drop in attendance, but 
usually the attendance has been very good. The average 
Sunday School attendance for F,ebruary was 28. The at- 
tendance at the worship service has been usually 35 or 
better. The people seem quite interested in the work. Oui' 
Laymen's Organization which was just organized in No- 
vember has been moving right along, of course all of us 
are gi-.een to this work, and there is much left yet to be 
done in the matter of getting fully organized and work- 
ing out our programs. We have started one fine thing, 
which is the combined meeting with the Falls City and 
Morrill Laymen getting together every quarter." 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 

VII. Sin: Its Nature, Universality and Penalty 

In our preceding studies we have learned two very im- 
portant truths. They are — 1. God is a Moral Being. He is 
perfectly good. 2. Man is endued and endowed with a 
moral nature and knows right and wrong. 

The story of the genesis of sin is told in a very simple 
way in the Book of Genesis. The faqt of sin, as there 
disclosed in human experience, can not be doubted. Men 
know themselves as sinners. If sin be but failure to at- 
tain unto God's standard of living, men know they are 
sinners. From the conviction that is all but universal, we 
must conclude that sin is a terrible fact in life. Both 
parts of our Bible recognize this and offer a way of es- 

The penalty of sin is first of all separation from God. 
It involves also imperfection, failures, sufferings and 
death. Sin, therefore, in the thought of God, is a terribly 
destructive and damning factor in all human life and its 
evils extend even beyond man. God is against sin, al- 
ways and everywhere. He has set Himself to destroy it. 
We may not be able to explain how sin came, or why it 
came. We do know it is a fact in the experience of man 
and that God is against it. 

MARCH 31, 1951 


Preliminary District Conference 


The Sixty-fourth Conference of the Brethren Churches 
of the Indiana District and Bible Conference is scheduled 
for June 11-14 at the Brethren Retreat, Shipshevvana, In- 
diana. The conference starts at 7:30 o'clock on Monday 
evening and will close with a Youth Rally on Thursday 
evening. Rev. S. M. Whetstone, pastor of the Hillcrest 
Brethren Church, of Dayton, Ohio, will be the Bible Lec- 
turer. The music director is Rev. Austin Gable, Route 5, 
Pei-u, Indiana. 

Willis E. Ronk, Moderator 
Wayne Swihart, Vice Moderator 
C. Y. Gilmer, Secretary-Treasurer 
Mrs. Russell Rodkey, Statistician. 


The Sixty-eighth Ohio District Conference will convene 
at West Alexandria, Ohio, on Thursday afternoon, June 
21, at 2:30 o'clock and will continue through Sunday 
morning, June 24, closing with the conclusion of the morn- 
ing worship sei-vice. This is in accord with the ruling 
that the Ohio District Conference adopt a permanent 
week-end conference. W. M. S., Laymen and Youth Ban- 
quets will all be held on Saturday evening, with the 
Brethren Youth in charge of the Saturday evening ses- 
sion which will follow the banquets. 
W. S. Crick, Moderator 
W. C. Berkshire, Vice Moderator 
F. C. Vanator, Secreatry-Treasurer 
Paul Clapper, Asst. Sec. and Statistician. 

Good lOill Sook 'Presented to Japan 

THE GOOD WILL BOOK, prepared by the American 
Bible Society, representing a token of friendship from 
America to the people of Japan, has been presented to 
the Japan .Bible Society in a foi-mal ceremony in Tokyo, 
according to word just received by Dr Robert Taylor, sec- 
retary of the American Bible Society. 

The two books, beautifully bound in blue, contain sig- 
natures of President Truman, Governors of 41 states and 
official representatives of 31 leading denominations, as 
well as more than 33,000 individual signatures. In Japan, 
General Douglas MacArthur, officers of the U. S. Army 
and members of their families signed the book. The total 
funds raised through this program, are being osed by the 
American Bible Society to provide the Japan Bible So- 
ciety with paper, printing and binding materials that 
printing of Japanese Sci-iptures may be done in Tokyo. 
General MacArthur has asked that 10,000,000 Scriptures 
be printed and distributed in Japan by the end of 1951. 

The presentation was made in Hibiya Hall before a 
gathering of more than a thousand people. 

Chaplain (Col.) Ivan A. Bennett, representing General 
MacArthur, presented the books to Mr. M. Imaizumi, 
chairman of the Japan Bible Society. Dignitaries of the 
Japanese Government present at the ceremony included 
Mr. Hayashi, Vice Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. S. Yasui, 
the Governor of Tokyo, Mr. K. Masuoka, a member of 
Parliament and Dr. M. Kozaki, chairman of the National 
Christian Council, as well as representatives of every 
phase of Christian activity in Japan. 

The Imperial Family have showed their interest in this 
unique event and requested that the Rev. T. Miyakoda, 
general secretary of the Japan Bible Society, bring the 
book to the Palace that their Majesties may examine it. 

The two volumes of the Good Will book will be on ex- 
hibition at the Japan Bible House from the first of Feb- 

Signatures continue to arrive at the Bible House in 
New York so that it has been decided to add a third vol- 
ume, which will also be sent to Japan, according to Dr. 
Robert Taylor. 

H. A. Gossard 

Mountain, high, with snow upon it, 
Greatest lights above to sun it 
Sets a scene for artists' hand. 
Tempting them for sketching, grand . . . 
Easel, canvas, brushes, paints, 
These when used with skill of saints. 
Could a picture leave for men 
Who might tell of it by pen . . . 

Mountains, high, green, lit by sun, 
Gushing springs where children run, 
Set a scene by far more grand 
Than the work of artists' hand . . . 
Why? you ask . . . I'll tell you why: — 
The Great Ai'tist of the sky, 
Earth and all, no brush, nor paints, 
Of His Children made the Saints . . . 

Work of earthly artists' hand, 
Wrought with skill at their command. 
Might portray a tempest, wild . . . 
God made Heaven for each Child. 

Mountains verdant or covered with snow cannot com- 
pare with children playing; for in their eyes and innocent 
acts I see God's image and likeness . . . That is real and 
no imaginary work of man. 


If all the Sleeping folk will wake up 
And all the Lukewarm folk will fire up 
And all the Dishonest folk will confess up 
And all the Disgruntled folk will sweeten up 
And all the Discouraged folk will cheer up 
And all the Depressed folk will look up 
And all the Estranged folk will make up 
And all the Dry bones will shake up 
And all True Soldiers will Stand up 
And all the Gossipers will shut up 
Then you can have a revival. 




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By Helen Fox 

Martha Baker, vice-president, opened the first meeting 
of 1951, Tuesday, January 30, in Founders' Hall. Patty 
Bame, chorister and leader for the evening, led in a num- 
ber of hymns. Marilyn Tracy led the devotions and read 
from St. Matthew, 4:29 and 5:12. Miss Tracy is one of 
our active freshmen from Indiana, a charming girl whom 
you should meet. 

Mrs. Boardman, the wife of Professor Edwin Board- 
man of the Seminary, was the speaker for the evening. 
Her subject was "The Melting Pot," and her remarks 
were relative to the various personalities, nationalities, 
and religions which ai'e present in our land. She stated 
that we cannot make a person change his beliefs over- 
night. We must learn to love others first, and then teach 
them of our Lord and show these persons God's blessings 
through our attitude towards them. 

Tolerance of others is a good trait to acquire. She read 
a poem "Undertow." It states that we should not judge 
others, until we have first had an opportunity to under- 
stand what causes their mistakes, shortcomings, weak- 
nesses and failures. We must help othei-s, instead of 
placing stumblingblocks in their way. By loving the good 
in others and discerning their ideas, we can find a way 
to serve the Master. 

We should appreciate the personalities of others and 
realize that it takes all kinds of people to serve the needs 
of the world. Moreover, we cannot possibly do the whole 
job ourselves. The fact is that those whose personalities 
and abilities we may be inclined to belittle may actually 
contribute much to the development of our world. 

God told Peter to call nothing and no man unclean 
that He had cleansed. We should appreciate the enthu- 
siasm of others and realize that their heritage means as 
much to them as ours does to us. 

At this point Mrs. Boardman mentioned the philosophy 
by which the older generation have lived. It may not 

come from the text book, but it will usually bear the test 
of weathering. 

We feel that the topic was given much thought and 
that we have in Mrs. Boardman not only a real friend 
but a Christian lady in the finest sense of the term. 



By Don Rowser 

The Men's Gospel Team has been busy during this new 
year. One of the highlights featured an address by Dean 
Stuckey on a subject relative to church history. He began 
by giving the history of the early church and of the 
Lutheran refoiTnation. Mr. Stuckey then told of the Pres- 
byterian and Methodist movements. He called to our at- 
tention the great debt we owe Jolm Calvin and Martin 
Luther. He stated that the principles established by 
Luther are the heritage of all Protestants today. The rise 
of Communist Russia and her attempt to do away with 
religion was elaborated upon. Dean Stuckey continued with 
the idea that Communism is not the only foe we have; 
rather we must oppose all forms of sin. If Communism 
should take over our country, it would confiscate all pri- 
vate property, churches, and educational institutions. In 
concluding, the Dean stated that he does not know how 
it will be done, but that God will utterly destroy Com- 
munism. He gave every member of the Gospel Team a 
real challenge when he said that it was our duty and 
privilege to spread the Gospel and speak the ti-uth fear- 

At another Gospel Team meeting, Charlie Munson led 
an interesting discussion on the subject "How to Better 
the Spiritual Life on the Campus." The value of going 
un Gospel Team trips was discussed. We talked about en- 
larging the membership of the Gospel Team. At the close 
of the discussion. Professor Flora called to our attention 
that a course in Brethren Docti-ine will soon be offered 
in the Seminary as a part of the course in systematic the- 

The first Gospel Team trip made this year was to New 
Lebanon, Ohio. The team was composed of Horace Huse, 
Claude Stogsdill, John Lichty and Don Rowser. Horace 
delivered the morning message, and Claude led in the 
devotions. Don and John sang three special numbers to 
complete the program. The New Lebanon folks again 
showed excellent hospitality to the Gospel Team, 

The last Gospel Team trip went to South Bend, In- 
diana. It was a quartet made up of Phil Lersch, Harold 
Barnett, John Lichty and Don Rowser. Phil preached at 
the Sunday morning service, and the others took charge 
of the rest of the program. John and Don led the Chris- 
tian Endeavor service, and Harold preached at the eve- 
ning service. The boys sang quartet numbers, solos and 
duets. This Gospel Team wishes to thank Reverend Stu- 
debaker and the congregation for their woderful hospital- 

Prayer is the outlet of the saints' sorrows and the inlet 
of their supports and comforts. 

MARCH 31, 1951 


Prayer fUeeting 


My Master was standing beside me 

As I wearily conn'd my task, 
And I had no answer to give Him 

To the questions that He might ask. 
But my heart-tlirobs were stilled a moment 

By the tender look on His face 
As He whispered, "My child, move lower, 

Let another take thy place." 

Not out of the class, dear Master, 

Not away from my work and Thee. 
He smiled as He tenderly answered, 

"Thou'lt be nearer, My child, to Me. 
Thou hast stood a while with the teachers. 

Thou hast tried the truth to impart; 
My child, there are deeper lessons. 

Come and learn them with Me apart!" 

So the hum of busy voices 

No longer falls on my ear, 
But the words that drop from the Master 

I am bending my soul to hear. 
And I care not although another 

Is filling my vacant place. 
For my heart is hushed and quiet 

As I gaze at the Master's face. 

'"Tis a lower place" — yes, but only 

As low as the Master's feet; 
Few are the books that are needed, 

.But the lessons are strangely sweet. 
So lo\'ing and trusting and hoping, 

I am learning to do His will, 
For the Master's most wonderful lesson 

Is ever to wait and be still. 

— Lilla D. Fitall. 


A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER may receive a call 
to teach, and after a time receive a call to teach. 
Thus Paul w.ent into Arabia for three years of silence after 
he had started to teach (Gal. 1:17, 18). Preachers some- 
times fade out of the work and then reappear vdth 
greater strength (Acts 15:37-39). Once a minister sub- 
mitted to digging graves in the interim of pastorates. His 
case proved that "the way up is down" for he was later 
called to a choice pastorate (Luke 14:11; 18:14; James 

A teacher may be called to shift from one class to an- 
other as Deacon Philip was called to leave a great re- 
vival in Samaria and go down "unto Gaza, which is des- 
ert" (Acts 8:5-8, 26). Philip did not resent the coming of 
Peter and John from Jerusalem to supercede him (Acts 

8:14, 25). They completed the work that he had started 
(Acts 8:15-117). It is the blessed cause that matters and 
not personalities. A completed work is God's objective 
(Acts 19:1-6). The servant is subservient to the good of 
the Cause, and that without resentment (Phil. 4:11). Thus 
one sows and another waters, but God gets the increase 
(1 Cor. 3:6, 7). There is no occasion for jealousy as we 
are all working for the same Firm and should have grace 
to see when our part is finished (Gal. 3:8-10). There are 
times when the Spirit foi-bids our working in certain 
places (Acts 16:6, 7). Even if Satan hinders we should 
triumph by keeping sweet (Rom. 15:22; 1 Thess. 2:18). 

The way of promotion is sometimes through demotion 
as in the case of Joseph who was sold into slavery, un- 
justly imprisoned, and was then taken from prison to pre- 
miership of Egypt (Prov. 3:6). In these reverses he was 
being schooled and tempered for the great task ahead 
(Psalm 138:8). Likewise Daniel continued to humble him- 
self in prayer (1 Peter 5:6) and realized the promise of 
Psalm 42:5 while in the lions' den. Let the younger ones 
b.e patient for their places (1 Peter 5:5K 

One does not have to hold an office to be a pillar in 
the church. Once a Christian lady was suddenly with- 
drawn from seven official church and auxiliary positions 
for no apparent reason. She seemed perfectly composed 
and by the next year she was again holding seven posi- 
tions. She lost nothing and gained the admiration of all 
who noticed how well she could "take iU" 

A violin player once said, "Lord, this is your violin. You 
can have it played or You can have it silent." That is 
consecrated submission. 

Hymn: "Have Thine Own Way, Lord." 

Gomments on the £cs?n]i hy the Cditor 

Lesson for April 15, 1951 


Lesson: Genesis 15:1-6; 17:5-8, 18, 19 

WE ARE TO THINK of God's covenant with His peo- 
ple. To understand the lesson it is necessary for 
us to realize all that a covenant of God implies. Some- 
one has said that God's covenants are "gracious pix)m- 
ises from Him, the fulfillment of which depends on or is 
conditional upon, certain moral precepts which are to be 
fulfilled by man." In other words, God has